Damon & Alicia
We Were At The Birth Of Our New Son, and Were Even Able to Snip the Cord. Our new son was born a few days late on June 1st. We are naturally beside ourselves with joy, because we were able to be right there in the delivery room when he was born, and were even able to snip the cord. His mother was a real trooper and has been so willing to share every part of this experience with us. more ...
A gynecologist is, in simple terms, a doctor that specializes in the practice of health care to women. They particularly focus on the reproductive system of women. Gynecologists can perform surgeries such as the removal of the uterus, a hysterectomy, and also the removal of the ovaries. Gynecologists may also practice obstetrics.
A woman should visit her gynecologist to have a pelvic exam every year. This practice should begin around the 18th birthday or when sexual activity begins. Pelvic exams are important to protect a woman's health. It also provides an opportunity for the patient to talk to the gynecologist about any concerns or questions she may have.
The gynecologist will perform an exam that will include a confidential medical history, sexual history, and questions about activities the patient is involved in. It is important for the patient to be completely honest and open with the gynecologist.
The rest of the exam will consist of examining inside and outside the vaginal area. The gynecologist will be looking for any signs of problems which may include discharge, redness, or irritation. A swab will be used to get some cells from the cervix. These cells will be used for a pap test which will test for cancer.
An obstetrician/gynecologist, more commonly referred to as an OB/GYN is a physician who provides health care to women for pregnancy, childbirth, and disorders of the reproductive system. This list also includes preventative care, prenatal care, pap test screening, family planning, and detection of sexually transmitted diseases.
An obstetrician/gynecologist can serve as a woman's primary physician and can also serve as a consultant to other physicians. OB/GYNs can have private practices, work in hospital or clinic settings, and maintain teaching positions at university hospitals. The gynecologists may also work public health offices.
Gynecologists may further specialize in gynecologic oncology which is the care and treatment of women with cancers of the reproductive organs. Another specialty area is reproductive endocrinology which is the care and treatment of women experiencing infertility problems.
Gynecologists can be board certified through the Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, which is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.