Gynecology is a medical specialty that provides Atlanta, GA women with a valuable service. Below, we cover what gynecology is, what services it encompasses, and why women should see a gynecologist in addition to their regular physician.
Q. What is gynecology?
A. Gynecology is a type of medical specialty. It focuses on caring for women’s reproductive organs, and keeping women healthy. A doctor who specializes in gynecology is a gynecologist.
Q. What services does gynecology entail?
A. Gynecology encompasses many different medical services. In addition to performing annual well women checks, gynecologists can also perform STD and STI testing, provide birth control management, and even administer immunizations. But, gynecology is more than that too.
Your gynecologist may provide fertility counseling and treatments, perform biopsies and surgeries such as hysterectomies, and guide older women through menopause.
Q. Do gynecologists deliver babies?
A. No. Gynecology is strictly caring for women’s reproductive organs and sexual health. If you are expecting, your gynecologist will refer you to an obstetrician or OBGYN.
Q. Can’t my regular doctor do this?
A. To an extent. Your general physician can help keep you healthy and help you feel better when you are sick. But, they do not do all that a gynecologist does. General practitioners do not typically perform annual well women checks that often include a breast exam and Pap Smear. Some also don’t prescribe birth control. They also don’t order mammograms and other tests. For that, you would need to see a doctor that specializes in gynecology.
Q. When should I make an appointment?
A. wouldn’t need to see your gynecologist for everything. But, if you experience changes in your menstrual cycle, have pain in your pelvic area or with intercourse, or notice a lump on your breast, you should call you gynecology physician. You should also, of course, see them at least once a year for your annual wellness exam.
Atlanta, GA women who are searching for a new women’s health provider should contact Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology. Our team is trained in gynecology as well as obstetrics, allowing us to provide you care throughout all of life’s stages. To learn more about our services, or to meet your new physician, please contact us today.