Adolescent and pediatric gynecologyCultural sensitivity in providing reproductive care to adolescentsOmar, Hatim; Richard, Jessica Author Information Section of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA Correspondence to Hatim Omar, MD, Adolescent Medicine and Young Parent Program, J422, Kentucky Clinic, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40536-0284, USA Tel: +1 859 323 5643; fax: +1 859 257 7706; e-mail: [email protected] Abbreviations FC: female circumcision STD: sexually transmitted disease Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology 16(5):p 367-370, October 2004. Buy Abstract Purpose of review To provide an exploration of the global attitudes towards reproductive healthcare by adolescent patients, and to review key points in promoting healthy sexual development among adolescents and appropriate guidelines for communicating within the adolescent population. Recent findings The adolescent's perception of healthcare providers and communication with adolescents are inextricably intertwined, hence the need to address both topics. In addition, we will briefly examine the topic of female circumcision and its impact on women's sexuality. It is necessary to approach this subject because of the increase in the number of individuals that emigrate each year to the United States and Canada from countries that still practise female circumcision. Providing reproductive care for these women has considerable implications for gynecologists and other healthcare providers dealing with reproductive care issues. Summary Healthcare providers who are aware of adolescent patients' developmental stage and cultural diversity are more able to gain the trust of their patients, and consequently are more effective at addressing their needs. © 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.