Susan S. Malley, MD
Adolescent & Adult Gynecology
Why Adolescent Gynecology
Gynecology is healthcare for women - starting at any age. Dr. Malley has focused her practice on adolescent and adult gynecology. She believes this offers a quiet, respectful setting without the interruptions of delivering babies, making both young women and their moms feel comfortable.
We develop a therapeutic relationship over time, so that our patients always have a partner in their reproductive health. For several years, we often see our teen patients in conjunction with their pediatrician.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends that girls have their first visit with a gynecologist between the ages of 13 and 15. Establishing a relationship with a gynecologist early on in a girl’s life allows adolescents to have a confidential and reliable place to discuss their development and sexual health needs. Our consultations will begin with the teen and their parent together and then will continue with just the teen alone. Parents are reassured that while Dr. Malley will maintain the adolescents' confidentiality, she encourages open communication between daughter and parents.
Adolescents rarely require a pelvic exam, and the pap exam is deferred until 21, based on the best evidence. Adolescent gynecology consultations are heavily focused on patient education and preventative care. Gentle and age appropriate exams are done only when indicated.
Sexual Ed: Like a Personal Health Class
Dr. Malley provides a confidential and safe place to talk about sexual education. Through email, girls can message Dr. Malley questions that might be urgent or that they are embarrassed to ask in person. She also gives them tools to help them start the dialogue at home.
Healthy Living & Nutrition for teens
Dr. Malley focuses on prevention and educating her teen patients on healthy choices. Dr. Malley works closely with a trusted local nutritionist to help teens learn to make healthy choices. Your period is considered a 'vital sign' - as important as your weight and blood pressure. If your period is not regular (monthly) within 1-2 years of puberty, you may have a hormonal imbalance we can test for and manage together.
Care for Younger Girls
Your pediatrician may refer your young daughter for evaluation of:
At The Pre-College Visit
Preparing for college is one of the most exciting chapters in a young woman's life. At same time, moving away for her academic pursuits, she will be faced with new responsibilities for her own health and safety. It is important to Dr. Malley to help help give her the tools in advance of leaving, to handle difficult situations. We will sit and discuss experiences ahead, with a goal of planning how to respond to situations not covered in high school health class. In addition, having email access to Dr. Malley and her team while she's away means another adult is available when she needs advice.
This visit will include education and wisdom on:
All our young women are given email access so that she can readily communicate with Dr. Malley while away at school.
Dr. Malley will be able to provide answers to health questions, make referrals, and provide prescription refills.
Adolescent Gyn Services (No referral required)
Your pediatrician, your Mom, your friend, may send you for: