Adolescent Gynecology


As a Reproductive Endocrinologist and the father to three daughters, Dr Howe is very sensitive to and supportive of the gynecologic and hormonal issues of adolescent women.

Which young women should see a gynecologist?

It is important for young women to be assessed early if sexually active, to begin a relationship with a doctor who can help her through many important milestones in her life. Other teenagers who would benefit are girls with delayed or difficult menstruation, those with irregular menses, those with signs of Polycystic Ovaries or Insulin Resistance (irregular menses, obesity, abnormal facial hair growth) or those with pelvic pain.

Adolescent Gynecological Exam

Annual pelvic exams and pap smears are recommended for all sexually active women over the age of 18. Most adolescent women who are sexually active will tolerate an exam well. However, a complete gynecological exam may be traumatic to a virginal teenager. If the patient is virginal, a pelvic exam will be avoided if possible. Depending on the nature of the problem, a careful abdominal exam and ultrasound can provide excellent information.

If a pelvic exam is needed, Dr Howe will ask if the patient wants a friend or her mother or sister to be with her. He carefully and thoroughly explains the exam process. Patients have the opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns. Dr Howe is especially sensitive with younger patients.

Robert Howe, MD

281 Maple St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028

Tel: (413) 525-5160
Fax: (413) 525-5170

Mon-Fri: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 12:00pm

About Us

– Convenient Location
– Off-Street Parking
– Saturday Appointments
– Wheelchair Accesible
– On-Site Lab
– On-Site Ultrasound
– Medicare Accepted

Hyperion Selene-Touch
& Vaginal Phototherapy

We are pleased to announce that we now offer Hyperion Selene-Touch and Vaginal Phototherapy procedures. We are the only practice in Western Massachusetts to offer these services!

Since 1997 Dr Howe has affiliated with IVF New England, the premiere program for assisted reproduction and egg banking in our region. This assures you of extraordinary care and superior clinical results in your journey to parenthood. Read more…