You may not realize it, but if you go to an OB/GYN for your women’s health needs, you’re actually seeing a doctor with two specialities. An obstetrician (OB) specifically deals with pregnancy and prenatal care, while a gynecologist (GYN) handles all other issues specific to women.
Continue reading for a more detailed breakdown of the differences between an obstetrician and a gynecologist.
As we mentioned, an obstetrician specializes in caring for pregnant women and their unborn babies. They receive special training to spot warnings signs of possible complications that can occur during pregnancy, labor and delivery. They are also skilled in performing c-sections and other interventions when needed.
Obstetricians can also help with fertility issues and find the best treatment options for those struggling with infertility.
A gynecologist focuses on a woman’s reproductive health when it’s not connected to pregnancy. Gynecologists like to see women at least once a year for checkups and pap smears to look for any potential concerns. They also treat women for issues that are just specific to a woman’s body such as:
- Yeast infections
- Uterine prolapse
- Irregular or painful periods
- Ovarian cysts
- Uterine or ovarian cancer
Depending on your age and specific needs, you may choose just to see a gynecologist or you may prefer an OB/GYN for more comprehensive care.
If you live in northern Florida and are looking for an experienced gynecologist, obstetrician, or OB/GYN, come see the patient-centered staff at All About Women. Contact us to make an appointment at our Gainesville or Lake City office.