What Is Gynecology?
Gynecology is a medical specialty focused on the treatment of women and their reproductive system. When doctors train to specialize in gynecology, they also specialize in obstetrics which is the care of pregnant women. This is why you will often see doctors identify themselves as OBGYNs. During training, gynecologists gain specialist knowledge in:
- Female general health including hormones, reproductive organs and issues, breasts, and sexual function
- Preconception health and wellbeing
- Care during pregnancy and labor
- Postpartum care
- Cancer screening
What Services Does a Gynecologist Provide?
A gynecologist provides diagnosis, treatment, and care for issues specific to women and their reproductive systems. This includes regular well-woman checkups, Pap smears, breast exams, and STD testing and treatment. Gynecologists also treat medical conditions affecting the reproductive organs such as uterine fibroids, polyps, cysts, polycystic ovary syndrome, vaginal atrophy and dryness, and prolapse. When a woman wants to become pregnant or is pregnant, the gynecologist can provide regular monitoring of the woman’s health and the development of the baby throughout pregnancy. Your gynecologist can provide birth control advice, fertility advice, and with specialized training, surgical treatment for some medical conditions. Many gynecologists train in minimally invasive surgeries to treat fibroids, polycystic ovary syndrome, cysts, polyps, and more.
How Should I Choose a Gynecologist?
You should make sure that your gynecologist is licensed and credentialed to practice medicine and gynecology. If you have a specific condition, you may want to find a gynecologist who has experience in treating your needs. Most importantly, you want to find a gynecologist who you trust and like. You will have many frank and intimate conversations with this doctor and it is important that you feel comfortable and confident in your relationship with the healthcare provider. The doctors at Legacy OB/GYN are extremely knowledgeable and provide compassionate, attentive care to their patients. If you are looking for a trusted gynecologist, make an appointment at Legacy OB/GYN.