What is an OB/GYN?

Posted: 
July 2012

What is an OBGYN and more on services they provide.We all know that women and their bodies undergo many changes throughout their lifetime. After all, women’s health care is a long journey. With each milestone, they dive in deeper into what can seem like strange and unknown territory.  From the onset of puberty to pregnancy to menopause - and everything in between - each new experience often comes with its own questions and concerns.  Is this pelvic pain normal?  How can I lose my baby weight? How long will my hot flashes last? Are bladder control issues treatable? Where to get birth control?  Am I getting enough calcium? To ease these feelings of uncertainty, your OB/GYN can be a great source of information and comfort every step of the way…and maybe even inspire laugh or two while we’re at it.

What is an OB/GYN?

Obstetricians and gynecologists (OB/GYN’s) are doctors of medicine. While gynecologists specialize in the care and health of a women's entire reproductive system, obstetricians specialize in the care of a woman during pregnancy, labor, birth and post-birth. Many times obstetricians are gynecologists (OB/GYN) and vice versa. OB/GYNs are specially trained on how to manage all medical aspects throughout a woman's life. This training includes the use of highly specialized medical technology and surgical procedure training.

What should you look for in an OB/GYN?

When selecting an OB/GYN, there are many factors to consider. First, insist on a board-eligible or board-certified provider who is a member of ACOG (American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists). Also check out where residency training occurred to ensure that it is credible and offers a wide breadth of training & experience. Lastly, ensure that your provider's availability meets your needs by asking if s/he will be able to personally care for you after hours or in the case of an emergency.

What exactly do OB/GYN’s do?

In short, just about anything related to women’s health. OB/GYNs can provide any necessary service for a woman's health care, including:

  • Annual exams, including Pap Smears and breast exams
  • Treatment for abnormal exam results
  • Birth control management and counseling
  • Surgical procedures, including hysterectomies
  • Menopause management
  • Infertility care and management
  • Care and management of labor and birth
  • Diagnoses and treatment of sexually transmitted infections
  • Diagnoses and treatment of women's health diseases/disorders
  • Prenatal care
  • Wellness care and prevention
  • Pregnancy care and management

At Beaver Dam Women’s Health, our team of OB/GYNs work closely with a caring nursing staff, including a nurse practitioner and certified nurse-midwife, to help you through your journey – every step of the way. Meet Our Team by visiting www.bdwomenshealth.com/meet-our-team or call (920) 885-6090 to learn more about our team of providers.

This is a public forum, by which BDWH provides general information to patients and prospective patients. You should not post any personal or identifying information on this Blog. The information that appears on this Blog does not constitute medical advice and is not a substitute for a consultation with a Healthcare Professional.

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