Gynecology is a medical specialty that focuses on keeping Atlanta, GA women healthy. Learn what exactly gynecology entails, when to see a gynecologist, and more, below.
Q. What is gynecology?
A. Gynecology is, simply put, a medical specialty that focuses on the health of women’s reproductive organs. While general physicians do help keep women healthy, they don’t do the preventive care women need to stay as healthy as possible.
Q What kind of services does gynecology entail?
A. Gynecology entails many different medical services. Most commonly, women will see a gynecologist for an annual exam which includes a pelvic exam, breast exam, and Pap Smears. But, that’s not the only services gynecology covers. You may also see a gynecologist for STD or STI testing, fertility struggles, pain with intercourse or changes in your menstrual cycle, birth control management, or any other issue that deals with women’s sexual health and reproductive organs.
Q. I’m expecting. Can I see a gynecologist?
A. No. Gynecology does not include caring for women who are expecting. Obstetrics refers to this type of health care. When you become pregnant, your gynecologist will refer you to an obstetrician. You’ll then return to your gynecologist once you have the baby and your obstetrician releases you.
There is, however, a type of doctor that specializes in both obstetrics and gynecology. These physicians are known as OBGYNs and can provide care throughout pregnancy as well as outside of pregnancy. Many women see OBGYNs so they can have the same physician throughout every stage of life.
Q. When should I start seeing a gynecologist?
A. A first gynecology appointment is a big deal for young girls. But, many parents aren’t sure when their daughter should start seeing one. Typically, girls should start seeing a gynecologist in their early teen years, or, when they become sexually active. If you aren’t sure if your daughter should go to a gynecology appointment, contact your physician, they can help you decide.
Q. How can I find a gynecologist?
A. There are many ways you can search for the best gynecologist for you. First, ask your primary care physician, friends, or family for suggestions. Then, contact your insurance carrier to see which ones are in your network and which ones aren’t. Lastly, meet them. You want to make sure you find one you are comfortable with
Atlanta, GA women who are looking for a gynecologist should contact Georgia OBGYN. Our team provides quality care in a comfortable environment. To learn more about our physicians or to make an appointment, contact our office today.