Adolescent/Teenage Care Specialist
Teenagers bodies go through significant changes during adolescence and it is important to begin gynecological care during these formative years. Providers at Embry Women’s Health provide expert gynecology services to patients of all ages including adolescents from their practice in Mesa, Arizona.
Why would an adolescent need to see a gynecologist?
Puberty brings many changes to young women and their bodies. JoEllen Embry WHNP and Barbara Lockwood WHNP help young women to understand these changes and how to care for themselves, as well as providing treatment for any conditions and advice on sexual health. Teenage girls are recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to begin seeing a gynecologist between the ages of 13 and 15. While pap tests are not usually required until a woman is 21 years old, if a teenager is sexually active, has irregular periods, or symptoms consistent with pelvic inflammatory disease or sexually transmitted diseases she should definitely see a gynecologist for a thorough examination.
What are common gynecological concerns for teenagers?
Due to the hormonal fluctuations of puberty, young women often experience irregular periods. Irregular periods include early or delayed first menstruation, heavy or frequent periods, significant pain during menstruation, or amenorrhea, which is the absence of periods. Breast masses are also common as a young woman develops. Even if a young woman is not sexually active, it is important for her to build a relationship with a trusted gynecologist.
What should a young woman expect to talk about during her first gynecologist appointment?
JoEllen Embry WHNP wants her young patients to enjoy good health while feeling comfortable and confident in their bodies. She will answer questions and provide advice on a number of topics including periods, cramps and PMS. She can provide advice on sexual health ranging from birth control to sexually transmitted diseases. The doctor will also answer question about any other health related issues like acne, weight management, and the emotional and physical changes that puberty brings.
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Words from our patients
JoEllen is AMAZING! Not only is she professional- she makes your whole experience comfortable. If you’re looking for a professional that never judges your situation and treats you very well- I would definitely recommend this office!
5 Stars – Yelp
It is refreshing to meet a practitioner who sees the whole patient and not just a series of symptoms. JoEllen is willing to spend the time to ask questions and really listen to the responses. I have seen JoEllen several times and I have always appreciated how much time she spends with each appointment and her pragmatic approach with solutions. I feel like my health drives the appointment and not the schedule. Finding JoEllen’s practice was like finding a needle in a haystack, a caring practitioner who encourages patients to listen to their bodies and to be their own best advocate.
5 Stars – 10/11/2018
Friendly staff. JoEllen is incredibly kind, patient and answers all of my questions whenever I see her. I don’t feel like I am being rushed when I am there, it is very nice.
5 Stars – 10/4/2018
I went in as a new patient just for an annual exam and Dr. Barbara Lockwood was so professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. She made sure to answer any and every question I had and she made sure I understood everything I needed to know. I have been to some offices in the past where you feel judged but she was so kind and made me feel so comfortable talking to her! I will be moving away soon but I might just have to make the drive back to see her next year!
5 Stars – 10/4/2018
“I started seeing Joellen earlier this year and I have had nothing but good experiences every time I have gone back. She is very down to earth and listens to any concerns. I would highly recommend Embry Womens Health.”
5 stars – 09/28/2018