FAQs

Appointments

How do I make an appointment to see Dr. Gilliam at the Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology Clinic?

Please call 773-702-6118 to make an appointment, or request an appointment online here.


What do I need to bring to my appointment?

• Insurance information: Please bring your insurance card and any copayments that may be due at the time of your visit.

• Referral: You may need a referral from your pediatrician or primary care provider before seeing a specialist or having testing done. This referral is needed before your child’s visit and a copy should be brought at the time of the appointment.

• Medical records/medications: Please bring records or information related to your child’s medical treatment, as well as any medication your child is currently taking. Please bring the name of the medication and the number of the pharmacy.

• Pediatrician’s contact information: Please bring a list of your child’s current doctors and their phone number and address.


Your Visit

What will happen when I arrive?

The Program is located on the third floor of the Duchoissois Center for Advanced Medicine (the DCAM) suite 3H. When you arrive, Roberta will register you at the front desk. Please remember to bring your insurance information and identification. The multispeciality practice has many clinicians so patients may be called before you even though you arrived first. We will ask you to complete paper work that will help the doctor get to know you and your daughter better.

Next, your daughter will be called by Tracy, who will weigh and measure and take vital signs, including blood pressure, heart rate and respiratory rate. She will also ask about allergies to medications and ask for a list of current medications.

What will happen at my daughter's first gynecology visit?

Dr. Gilliam focuses on creating a warm and friendly atmosphere, letting your daughter know that she has an opportunity to discuss her health concerns and have her questions answered. Parents may be asked to step into the waiting room allowing the daughter to ask questions or raise concerns that she might have. We encourage your daughter to share details of her visit with you. To learn more about adolescents and confidentiality please see visit ICAH.

A lot of information can be obtained through talking, urine and blood specimens and ultrasound. Quite often the visit does not require a pelvic exam (an examination in which the doctor uses a speculum to visualize the cervix). When an examination is needed, it will often focus on the skin, abdomen, and the outside of the vagina. If needed, and if time allows, we will attempt to obtain an ultrasound imaging on the day of your visit.

After the examination, Dr. Gilliam will sit with the family to discuss the treatment options and plan. You should feel free to ask questions and raise concerns. The goal is to find a treatment plan that is acceptable to both you and your daughter.

Birth Control

What are the different birth control methods that I can use?

There are many different methods of birth control. Visit this website to find out which one might be right for you, and then further discuss your options with the doctor during your appointment.


How does birth control with artificial hormones work?

Hormonal forms of birth control contain artificial estrogen and/or progestin to mimic the hormones your body produces. Your body then responds to these increased levels of hormones in different ways, all of which can prevent a pregnancy. More information »


I forgot to take my pill. What do I do?

Being even 12 hours late taking your birth control pill may increase your chance of getting pregnant. If you miss any of the first 21 pills in your pack, you need to use an alternate birth control method, like a condom, for the next 7 days. More information »


Will long-term pill use cause infertility or pregnancy problems?

No. Basically, pills cover up whatever your body would have done over the time you took them, but they don’t alter what your natural history is. For example, if you take pills from age 20 to 35 and then stop, your chances of getting pregnant are the same as any 35 year old who just started trying. More information »


Health Conditions

My daughter has vaginal itching and redness. What could it be?

Vulvovaginitis is considered to be one of the most common gynecologic problems in premenarchal girls, accounting for approximately 80% to 90% of outpatient visits by children to gynecology offices. Vulvovaginitis, vulvitis, and vaginitis are general terms that refer to the inflammation of the vagina and/or vulva (the external genital organs of a woman). These conditions can be caused by bacterial, fungal, or parasitic infections. Also, vulvovaginitis can be caused by low estrogen levels (called atrophic vaginitis) or any type of allergic or irritation response from things such as spermicidal products, condoms, soaps, and bubble bath.


Who should get the HPV vaccine?

The HPV vaccine is recommended for 11- and 12-year-old girls. It is also recommended for girls and women age 13 through 26 years of age who have not yet been vaccinated or completed the vaccine series. The vaccine can also be given to girls 9 or 10 years of age.


What are the signs and symptoms of trichomoniasis?

Women who have trichomoniasis may notice a frothy, yellow-green vaginal discharge with a strong, foul odor. There may be soreness, itching and irritation of the genital area; urination or sexual intercourse may be uncomfortable or painful. Symptoms are not consistent among women.

Symptoms usually appear in women within 5 to 28 days of exposure, but up to 50% of women may not show any symptoms. If not treated within 6 months, however, 30% of infected asymptomatic women will develop symptoms. More information »


What causes labial adhesion?

The exact cause is unknown, but it is strongly suspected that labial adhesions are caused by irritation to the external genitals. The range of possible irritants include: feces, urine, strongly perfumed soaps, bubble baths, inflammatory conditions such as vulvitis, atopic dermatitis, pinworms, labial injuries, sexual abuse. More information»


Who is affected by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?

PCOS is one of the most common endocrine disorders of women in the reproductive age group, with a prevalence of 4-12%. More information »


What does it mean to have an abnormal pap?

An abnormal pap does not mean you have cancer. It is a screening test for abnormalities. An abnormal result means that cells that are showing abnormal growth patterns have been found on the slide. The abnormality found is explained in the report from the laboratory. More information »


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