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Obstetrics And Gynecology (Definition)

Obstetricians deal with pregnancy and helping women to have a healthy baby. Gynecology deals with women's reproduction health, so gynecologists treat reproductive health problems like irregular periods, vaginitis, abnormal pap tests. Gynecologists also help women to maintain or achieve overall health--and so address issues of ...Read more


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Do you need a referral from your primary care doctor to see a gynecologist for your pap smear?

Do you need a referral from your primary care doctor to see a gynecologist for your pap smear?

Usually not: It can vary based on your insurance plan. A lot of patients use their OB as their primary care doctor. The reverse is true as well. A lot of primary care docs do routine pap smears. ...Read more

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First gyn visit. Help and info please ?

First gyn visit. Help and info please
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Gyn visit: First pelvic exam and Pap smear with cultures for sexually transmitted diseases, if you are sexually active, begin at age 21. A health history, full physical exam including a breast exam, as well as a visual exam of the vulva(outside), the vagina, and the cervix. The uterus as well as ovaries and tubes are checked by feel between the fingers of both hands, one in the vagina, one on your belly. ...Read more

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Should I see a pcp doctor for irregular periods?

Should I see a pcp doctor for irregular periods?

Yes!: Irregular periods are caused when your body's signals for ovulation and menstruation get confused by hormonal imbalances that can be related to your thyroid (TSH), pituitary (LH/FSH/prolactin), ovaries (estrogen/progesterone). Many external factors can affect the hormones: malnutrition, stress, obesity, for example. Hormonal contraception can help to regulate your periods, which is healthier. ...Read more

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Do i see ob gyn for frequent urunation?

Do i see ob gyn for frequent urunation?

If you are pregnant: Yes. If you have a primary care physician and you are not pregnant go and see him. If no primary care doctor and you have a relationship with a gyn see him. Frequent urination point toward urinary tract infection or sometimes diabetes. ...Read more

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What to expect at my OBGYN visit for PCOS? Pelvic Ultrasound? Pelvic Exam? Blood test?

What to expect at my OBGYN visit for PCOS? Pelvic Ultrasound? Pelvic Exam? Blood test?

Some or: all of the things you mentioned. It depends upon the findings and practices of your doctor. You'll just have to wait and see. ...Read more

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Should i make an appointment with an ob/gyn? Very irregular menstrual cycle

Should i make an appointment with an ob/gyn? Very irregular menstrual cycle

Irregular periods: Irregular periods (having a cycle further apart than 35 days) is not considered normal. You could have something more serious than just the irregular period. It's definitely worth seeing your gyn for more evaluation - likely an us and bloodwork for starters, and maybe some medication as well. Call your doc for an appointment, and bring a calendar tracking your period for the past six months. ...Read more

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What to expect for your first gynaecologist visit?

What to expect for your first gynaecologist visit?

Mostly history: The exam you have will depend on whether you are sexually active. If you are, then you will have a speculum exam and a test called a Pap smear to look at the cells of your cervix. The doctor will also examine your uterus and ovaries using his fingers . It is a good time to talk about birth control and protection from disease. It is also a good time to ask about the HPL vaccine. BP check/blood work ...Read more

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Should i go to a gynecologist or a family physician for my annual exam?

Should i go to a gynecologist or a family physician for my annual exam?

FP: I like fp better because there are multiple other things that are addressed during such (vaccination, cancer screenings), while gyn providers tend to concentrate on gyn related issues only. ...Read more

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How are an ob gyn and a gynecologist different?

How are an ob gyn and a gynecologist different?

OB/Gyn : An OB/Gyn is an obstetrician and gynecologist. An OB/Gyn takes care of pregnant and non pregnant patients. A gynecologist takes care of only non pregnant patients. ...Read more

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Must i see a gynie or gp for pelvic examination?

Must i see a gynie or gp for pelvic examination?

Either one: If your GP does gyn exams, that's a great starting point since you already know that person, and have a trusting relationship hopefully. If problems are found that require specialist referral you can then be referred to one your doc trusts and respects. Seeing a new doctor for an exam that is so intimate is always disconcerting, so having a doc you know and like 1st takes some of the dread away. ...Read more

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Should I see a doctor for irregular periods?

Should I see a doctor for irregular periods?

Yes: Irregularity in your menstrual cycle may signify a hormonal abnormalities. Simple hormonal tests such as thyroid stimulating hormone and prolactin and some male hormones to rule out polycystic ovarian syndrome can easily determine what may be causing the menstrual irregularity. With menstrual irregularity there is usually irregular ovulation. ...Read more

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Would volunteering at a ob gyn office be good for medical experience?

Would volunteering at a ob gyn office be good for medical experience?

Absolutely!: Well, maybe i shouldn't be so enthusiastic. After all, it depends upon why you want experience. If you want to see if medicine is a good career for you, then hanging out w/any physician should be a good experience. Of course, it helps if you volunteer in office w/energized physician who loves what s/he is doing rather than someone who's burned out! positive staff helps, too! good luck! ...Read more

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Does emergency care include pregnancy-related doctor visits?

Regarding insurance?: If you're asking about insurance coverage, most insurance plans have a separate coverage for pregnancy-related care as well as delivery and newborn baby care. If you're asking about the ability of an emergency room to provide pregnancy-related care- then absolutely! emergency physicians are well trained in caring for pregnant patients, performing deliveries and caring for newborns! ...Read more

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Can a regular ob / gyn treat you for infertility?

Can a regular ob / gyn treat you for infertility?

Infertility: A general OB/ Gyn can do infertility evaluations and treatment. The infertility specialist works with the more difficult cases. Typically in vitro fertilization is only done by the specialists. Infertility doctors will usually send pregnant patients back to the generalist for delivery. A woman older than 35 with infertility should probably be seeing the specialist. ...Read more

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Regular doctor, she would send me to a child/adolescent gynecologist?

See below: If your doctor does not perform gynecological care. For the provision of birth control, etc. ...Read more

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Besides an OBGYn Can I visit a nurse or family practitioner during my pregnancy?

Besides an OBGYn Can I visit a nurse or family practitioner during my pregnancy?

You can, but please: ...develop rapport with the practitioner of choice and heed their advice to optimize your and your growing infant's health. ...Read more