Adolescent Medicine

Adolescence is a period of transition from childhood to adulthood and has its share of challenges, decisions and discoveries. It is a time of physical, psychological and social growth.

UF Health Pediatrics – Jacksonville strives to provide excellent and appropriate health care for this unique group of individuals.


Adolescent health issues that are evaluated and treated include:

  • Menstrual disorders, such as excessive pain or irregular bleeding. Most menstrual problems can be easily evaluated and treated.
  • Menstrual management for developmentally delayed women.
  • Vaginal discharge or irritation. Most irritations and infections are easily diagnosed and have effective treatments.
  • Contraception. The physicians can initiate numerous methods to prevent pregnancy.
  • Male genital complaints.
  • Mood/emotional problems. Determinations can be made whether the teen might benefit from medications or a more in-depth evaluation by a mental health provider.
  • Acne is easily treated with a variety of medications.
  • School failure. Evaluation will assist in helping a teen complete high school.
  • Drug use/abuse.
  • Sexually transmitted infections. All infections can be evaluated and appropriate treatment initiated.
  • Eating disorders. Teens are evaluated, and if serious problems exist, treatment is arranged.
  • Chronic illnesses. Most chronic illnesses are easily managed by the pediatrician, who will help teens learn how to care for their own health needs.

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