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Fifteen-minute consultation: History and examination in adolescent gynaecology
  1. Jessica Gubbin1,
  2. Katie Malbon2
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK
  2. 2Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jessica Gubbin, Department of Paediatrics, St Mary’s Hospital, London W2 1NY, UK; Jessica.gubbin{at}


Disorders of reproductive and sexual health are commonly encountered in paediatric clinics and can present many challenges to the general paediatrician. In this article we aim to discuss general consultation skills relevant to adolescents, appropriate screening questions for reproductive health concerns and the comprehensive assessment of any gynaecological symptoms identified. Crucially a vast array of conditions can be diagnosed with history and examination alone, sometimes with the addition of simple and readily available investigations, without the need for specialist gynaecology referral. Often reassurance that a concern is simply part of normal reproductive development is all that is required.

  • adolescent health
  • general paediatrics
  • medical education

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  • Contributors JG researched and wrote the article. KM wrote and edited the article.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.