What is an Ob/Gyn?
What is an ObGyn?
An obstetrician-gynecologist, or ObGyn, is a doctor who specializes in the care of women. An ObGyn has completed special training in obstetrics, which is the care of pregnant women. This includes the preconception (before pregnancy) period, pregnancy, labor, childbirth, and after a baby is born. ObGyns are also trained in gynecology. Gynecology covers a woman’s general health care, including care of her reproductive organs, breasts, and sexual function. Gynecology also includes managing hormonal disorders, treating infections, and training in surgery to correct or treat pelvic organ problems.
An ObGyn also offers preventive health care. This can help you make informed choices that prevent health problems. Preventive health care includes exams and routine tests to detect problems early, before you become sick.
Since ObGyns are trained to evaluate overall women’s health, they provide care for a wide range of medical issues, much more than just pregnancy and problems of the reproductive system. For many women, the ObGyn is their primary care physician – the doctor they turn to first for health care. Although this practice is not designed to be a primary care practice, taking care of non-gynecological or non-pregnancy related problems, we will be happy to discuss these problems with you and refer you to a local primary care health professional.