Gynecology Q & A
What is gynecology?
Gynecology is an area of medical specialty focused on the female reproductive system. Some of the services your gynecologist provides include:
- Birth control
- Well-woman exams
- Women’s health screenings
- Menstrual problems
- Sexual health
- Infertility care
- Screening and treatment for STDs
- Menopause management
Many gynecologists also provide obstetric services, helping you navigate the process of pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care. They also cover a wide range of primary care needs, especially in regard to lifestyle modifications that enhance your overall health and wellness.
Can’t my primary care physician cover my gynecologic needs?
It’s true that many primary care physicians offer certain women’s health services. However, your primary care doctor is already tasked with addressing a wide range of basic health needs. Women’s health is a complex area of medical practice, and expecting your primary care doctor to fully address all of your medical needs is not always the best approach.
A gynecologist has extensive training in all aspects of women’s health. They have the skills and experience necessary to diagnose and treat numerous medical issues you may face.
Working with a specialist gives you access to a level of training and education that delves deeply into women’s health issues. Your gynecologist serves as a valuable resource if you encounter an issue like endometriosis, infertility, uterine fibroids, or hormonal changes during menopause.
How often should I see my gynecologist?
Your needs change over time, and the frequency of your gynecology visits also changes as you move through the phases of life. For example, a healthy young woman with no plans to become pregnant and no gynecologic symptoms may only need to come in for an annual well-woman exam. That same woman will see her gynecologist more frequently as she prepares for pregnancy and moves into prenatal care.
As you enter menopause, you may need to see your doctor more frequently to find the best treatment path for symptoms. After you’ve emerged from menopause, you might need to visit less frequently.
One of the biggest benefits of working with a gynecologist at Coeur OBGYN is the opportunity to build a professional relationship with a doctor you know and trust. That’s a valuable resource to have if and when a medical need arises.
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