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what is the difference between a gynecology doctor and an obstetrics and gynecology?

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Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 32 years experience
Women's Health: Obstetrics deals with safe delivery of an infant at the completion of a pregnancy. The obstetrician has to view the mother as 2 patients because there is a baby and a mother to watch. Gynecology is the care of women specific health problems usually related to the vagina, uterus, and ovaries. The basic training is similar for both fields so they are often linked together and practiced together.
Dr. Miguel Cano
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
One sleeps more...: A gynecologist is trained but no longer chooses to do obstetrics, therefore no prenatal care, middle of the night deliveries, or c-sections. They concentrate on gyn surgeries, health care maintenance, and basically everything but pregnancy.
Dr. Ronald De la Pena
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Birth: Initially they are trained in both specialties, an ob/gyn practices obstetrics and gynecology. A "gynecologist" practices only gynecology.

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What should I discuss with my ob/gyn if I plan to get pregnant?

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Can the gyn doctor see if you have any STDs from looking at your vaginal area when he does the pelvic exam?

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What will my ob/gyn do after my miscarriage?

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If no hormone problems & pcos is ruled out & the obgyn tells you to see an endocrinologist...What could be the cause for secondary amnorrea?

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