• Kathryn S. Brigham
  • Anne Althausen PlanteEmail author
Part of the Current Clinical Psychiatry book series (CCPSY)


Gynecology care is essential for promoting and maintaining health in all women. Due to multiple obstacles, it is more challenging to deliver consistent and high-quality gynecology care to women with intellectual and emotional disabilities. The cognitive and emotional limitations of each woman’s unique impairment directly impact how and where routine counseling and examinations can best be delivered. Discussion and management of basic genital hygiene, menstrual hygiene and bleeding, premenstrual mood and behavior changes, sexuality, contraception, and fertility are important components of health care for patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).


Routine gynecology care Genital hygiene Sexuality Vulvar care Menstrual suppression Contraception Sterilization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Massachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Massachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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