There is some mystery as to what an OBGYN is
OBGYN, obstetrician, and gynecologist are all three words many people in Atlanta and Alpharetta, GA, and across the United States use interchangeably. But, really, they are three different specialties. Discover more about them, below.
Q. Do OBGYNs, gynecologists, and obstetricians do the same thing?
A. No. Those three terms actually refer to three different specialties of women’s health. A gynecologist is a doctor that specializes in the health of women’s reproductive organs. An obstetrician, however, only provides care to women who are pregnant or who have recently given a birth. A gynecologist would refer you to an obstetrician when you become pregnant. An OBGYN, however, has training in both these areas. That means they can care for you throughout every stage of life.
Q. What services do OBGYNs provide?
A. You can see an OBGYN for many reasons. Most women see theirs at least once a year for their annual wellness exam. Others may see them for birth control management, fertility services, STD and STI testing. If you experience a change in your menstrual cycle or notice a lump in your breast or stomach, it’s also a good idea to schedule an appointment with your OBGYN.
Q. What should I look for when choosing an OBGYN?
A. Choosing an OBGYN is a very personal decision. After all, they will be working with you on very personal issues. A few things to keep in mind, however, are first, that you find an OBGYN that is in your insurance provider’s network. Second, that you find one that is a gender you are comfortable with. Lastly, make sure you feel comfortable with your OBGYN, their staff, and their office.
Q. When should I start seeing an OBGYN?
A. This depends a little on your personal history. Most physicians recommend girls start seeing an OBGYN when they become sexually active or as teenagers. If you aren’t sure if you should take your daughter to the OBGYN, contact them. They would be happy to guide you.
Atlanta and Alpharetta, GA women who are in need of a new women’s healthcare provider should contact Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology. Our team of OBGYN provide quality care to women in a comfortable environment. We’ve been providing care to Atlanta and Alpharetta, GA area women for over 30 years and look forward to 30 more. Contact our office today to learn more about our team or to schedule your first appointment.