OBGYN provides a variety of services to keep Atlanta and Alpharetta, GA women healthy. But, many hear the term and just think of caring for expectant mothers. Learn more about what an OBGYN is, when you should see one, and what to look for when choosing one.
Q. What is an OBGYN?
A. An OBGYN is a doctor that specializes in obstetrics and gynecology. Obstetrics refers to caring for women who are expecting or who have recently given birth, while gynecology refers to providing care that focuses on the heath of women’s reproductive organs. Some physicians only practice in one area or another, an OBGYN has training in both.
Q. Why would I visit an OBGYN?
A. There are many reasons you may need to make an appointment to see an OBGYN. At the very least, you should see your OBGYN every year for an annual well woman exam. If you have been exposed to an STD or STI, your OBGYN can test you and then, if needed, provide a course of action for treatment. You should also contact your OBGYN if you experience changes in your menstrual cycle or notice a bump in your breast. OBGYNs can also care for you while pregnant, administer vaccinations, and provide birth control management services.
Q. How do I choose an OBGYN?
A. There are many things you should look for when it comes to choosing an OBGYN. First, if you plan to use insurance to pay for your care, you should look for one that is your provider’s network. Then, look for one of your preferred gender. Third, look for one that has the qualifications you value. Lastly, choose an OBGYN that you feel comfortable with. After all, you’ll visit them regularly for a long time so you want to make sure you find a doctor you love.
Q. How do I prepare for an OBGYN appointment?
A. Many women feel like they need to groom before their OBGYN appointment. If you want to shave, feel free. But, don’t feel like you need to take extra steps before your appointment. You should, however, bring a list of questions you have for your OBGYN so you can make sure you ask everything you want to ask.
Atlanta and Alpharetta, GA area women have many options when it comes to choosing an OBGYN. The team at Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology would love to provide your care. Our staff provides quality care in a comfortable environment. Contact our office to learn more about the team or to make an appointment.