OBGYN provides care to women in Atlanta and Alpharetta, GA during all of life’s many milestones. Though often used interchangeably with a gynecologist and obstetrician, an OBGYN is actually something else. Learn more about what this type of physician is and when you should make an appointment to see one.
Q.What is an OBGYN?
A. Simply put, an OBGYN is an obstetrician and gynecologist all rolled into one. OBGYNs have training in both areas of women’s health which means they can provide general women’s health care and care for expectant mothers.
Q. What exactly to obstetricians and gynecologists do then?
A. A gynecologist is a physician who cares for women’s reproductive health. This means they perform well woman visits, breast exams, and can provide care when you experience pain or have sexual health issues. They cannot, however, provide care when women are expecting. For that they would refer you to an obstetrician, which is a doctor that provides care only to expectant mothers and women who have recently give birth. An OBGYN, a covered above, is trained in both these areas.
Q. Are their benefits to seeing an OBGYN vs. a gynecologist?
A. While it is important you find the right doctor for you, no matter their title. There are some benefits to seeing an OBGYN versus a gynecologist. The biggest benefit being your OBGYN can provide your care for every stage of life. You’ll be able to see the same doctor for your annual visits that you see when you are expecting. This can provide you a sense of comfort during stressful and exciting times and allow you to build a relationship with your OBGYN.
Q. What are some reasons I’d make an appointment with an OBGYN?
A. There are many reasons you would visit an OBGYN. Women should visit one at least every year for their annual wellness exam. You would also make an appointment if you notice a change in your menstrual cycle, experience pain in your reproductive organs, are pregnant, or have any concerns. Your OBGYN can also assist you if you have questions about sexual health, need birth control management assistance, or are concerned you were exposed to STDs or STIs.
Atlanta and Alpharetta, GA based Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology has been providing care in the area for over 30 years. We hope you’ll consider us when choosing an OBGYN to provide your care. To learn more about us, and our doctors, please contact the office. We would love to meet you.