Obstetrics vs Gynecology: What’s the Difference?
posted by The Live Better Team | April 10, 2018
Many women see an OB/GYN provider for their women’s health needs, including pregnancy and menopause management, but did you know that OB/GYN actually encompasses two different medical specialities? Obstetrics and gynecology.
Here’s a look differences between the two.
An obstetrician is a doctor who specializes in the care of a pregnant woman and her unborn baby. These specialists are trained to handle a variety of potential complications or situations that may occur during pregnancy and the birthing process, including:
An obstetrician is also able to guide a mother safely through the entire experience from conception to delivery to the postpartum period. Other services offered by obstetricians include:
Gynecologists focus on the non-pregnancy aspects of a woman’s reproductive health. Women often begin seeing a gynecologist when they become sexually active or at the onset of puberty if needed. Women visit their gynecologist through menopause and beyond.
Regular gynecological exams are important for a woman’s health. Gynecologists perform standard examinations, such as Pap tests and pelvic exams. They may also be seen for diagnosis and/or treatment of a variety of conditions, including:
In addition, a gynecologist can perform surgical procedures on reproductive organs. Some of the most common procedures include:
Many practices choose to combine the obstetrician and gynecologist specialties to provide more comprehensive women’s care.
Obstetricians/gynecologists at Revere Health OB/GYN provide a full range of healthcare services to women throughout all stages of their lives including; puberty, child-bearing years, menopause.
“What is the Difference Between Obstetrics and Gynecology?” Virginia Beach Obstetrics & Gynecology. http://www.virginiabeachobgyn.com/blog/what-is-the-difference-between-obstetrics-and-gynecology/
“What is the Difference Between Obstetrics and Gynecology?” Surgical Gynecology Center of Excellence.
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.