Innovative Clinic Helps Young Women with Menstrual Disorders
Girls and young women, from ages 10 to 21, struggling with menstrual disorders can find reassurance and answers at Boston Medical Center’s Menstrual Disorders Clinic. Located in the hospital’s Adolescent Center, the innovative clinic offers the expertise of both adolescent medicine specialists and pediatric hematologists to diagnose and treat a variety of disorders.
Young women with abnormal menses can benefit greatly from receiving care in a clinic that focuses on reproductive health and hematology. Here, patients can be screened jointly for endocrine or gynecological issues as well as underlying blood and clotting disorders. Laboratory work-ups, evaluation and treatment are performed in coordination with both specialties at one visit—improving the timeliness of care.
“Our combined clinic can help young women who may be struggling with absent, heavy or painful periods due to a variety of hematologic, endocrine or gynecologic issues as well as underlying blood and clotting disorders. It is a unique model of care that is found nowhere else in Massachusetts,” explained Christina Nordt, MD, Director of the Menstrual Disorders Clinic.
Common concerns that are frequently addressed include primary and secondary amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, menorrhagia, and menstrual cycle regulation for patients with special health care needs, such as wheel chair-bound individuals. The clinic also evaluates patients who have a suspected or known bleeding disorder or clotting predisposition, anemia in the setting of menorrhagia, and patients with complex medical issues who are seeking contraceptive management.
Patients can also be quickly referred to one of many of BMC’s renowned subspecialty services including gynecology, endocrinology and nutrition and weight management for additional diagnosis and treatment. The staff works closely with patients’ pediatricians and family medicine doctors to make appropriate referrals.
“Many girls have a lot of concerns regarding their menstrual cycles. Our clinic can offer reassurance that what they are experiencing is normal or can provide solutions to easily manage a disorder so that these girls can return to their normal and active lifestyles,” said Dr. Nordt.