The Adolescent Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital is an outpatient resource designed to assist healthcare providers in the prompt assessment and care of adolescent patients. The Adolescent Center offers consultative services to patients between the ages of 12 and 21 years.
Adolescent Medicine physicians care for a wide range of adolescent issues:
- Adolescent gynecologic, reproductive and sexual health issues including:
- Period problems (irregular periods, amenorrhea, painful periods, PCOS, abnormal/dysfunctional bleeding, need for menstrual suppression)
- Vaginal discharge/vulvar irritation and penile discharge
- STI and HIV screening/testing/treatment/counseling and prescription of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV)
- Birth control – comprehensive counseling and provision of all birth control options, including insertion of implants and IUDs
- Eating disorders and nutrition
- Drug, alcohol, and tobacco use prevention and counseling; however, we refer for substance use treatment
- Mild to moderate depression, stress, anxiety, psychosocial adjustments, self-esteem and sleep problems
- Psychosocially and/or medically complex patients who would benefit from care from an expert in adolescent health and development
We do not provide testing or evaluations for ADD, ADHD, autism or functional neurological disorders.
Timely communication between the referring physician and the Adolescent Center is a priority. Following a comprehensive evaluation of the patient, Adolescent Center physicians will provide referring healthcare providers with a detailed assessment and treatment plan. An inclusive report summarizing diagnoses, tests, initial therapeutic recommendations, and a treatment plan will be shared. Our social worker and dietitian may also participate in the patients’ treatment plan.
We look forward to helping you care for your adolescent.
Patients and parents
Toll-free: 800-678-4357 (Children’s Direct)
Adolescent Center patients are seen by appointment only. After the appointment is scheduled, the patient and family will receive information and a reminder call about their upcoming visit.