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An OB/GYN is a medical doctor specializing in female reproductive health. The initials “OB” and “GYN” refer to two separate medical fields usually practiced together. Obstetrics (the “OB” of OB/GYN) deals with health care during pre-conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and post-delivery, while gynecology (the “GYN” or OB/GYN) deals with the general care of women's health issues. So while obstetrics deals specifically with prenatal care, pregnancy, high-risk pregnancies, and other medical needs of pregnant women (or women soon to become pregnant), gynecology deals with a woman's reproductive health and wellness more generally.
While OB/GYNs specialize in health care modalities for women and girls, they are also considered primary care providers. A primary care provider offers diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventative medicine services for acute and chronic conditions while working with patients to maintain their general health.
A woman might see an OB/GYN for:
- Comprehensive gynecological exams
- Pap smears
- Pelvic exam and ultrasounds
- Birth control counseling
- Treatment for acute gynelogical conditions
- Fertility counseling & infertility evaluation/treatment
- Treatment for menopause symptoms
- Diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Cancer screenings, prevention, and treatment planning
- Prenatal care & delivery services
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that girls first see an OB/GYN between the ages of 13 and 15. A family medicine provider or pediatrician will handle health issues related to the reproductive tract before adolescence. A preliminary visit with an OB/GYN may only consist of discussing puberty, menstrual periods, and sexual activity. Most girls will not need a pap smear or pelvic exam on their first visit unless they are experiencing abnormal pain or bleeding.
Physical and pelvic exams
After an initial consultation, an OB/GYN performs a physical and pelvic exam for a comprehensive picture of the patient’s overall wellness and to check for any abnormalities of the reproductive system. These are standard procedures that allow OB/GYNs to provide continuous and complete care based on their patient's individual needs.
Here’s what to expect.
During a general physical exam:
- Patient’s height, weight, and body mass index (BMI) are measured
- Blood pressure is taken
- Lungs are auscultated for any breathing abnormalities
- Heart rate and rhythm assessed to check for heart murmurs or arrhythmias
- Abdomen examined for any tenderness, organ enlargement, or hernias
- Extremities checked for swelling or joint stiffness
- Skin examined for lesions, rashes, bumps, etc.
- Eyesight tested with an eye chart
During a pelvic exam:
- The healthcare provider will start by examining both legs for any abnormalities
- The vulva is visually examined for bumps, irritation, sores, or redness
- The OB/GYN uses a speculum–a plastic or metal device that spreads open the vaginal walls–to conduct an internal exam of the vagina
- The OB/GYN will insert two lubricated fingers into the vagina while applying pressure to various areas to feel for any signs of infection or other irregularities
- Samples of cervical cells may be taken for further testing if needed (Pap smear)
- Questions about sexual practices, menstrual cycle, pregnancy history, etc., may be asked during this time
At the age of 21, women should start getting a pap smear. OB/GYNs typically use Pap smears to screen for cervical cancer by looking for abnormal cells on the cervix that could indicate the presence of disease. When performing a pap smear, the OB/GYN will hold open the vaginal walls with a speculum and use a small brush or swab to collect cervical cells. Then, OB/GYNs examine these cells under a microscope for signs of infection or disease. Your OB/GYN may recommend additional tests, such as ultrasounds, as part of your overall screening regimen, depending on your health history.
Questions to ask your OB/GYN
If you have any health concerns or want more information, go to your appointment with a list of questions you may want to ask. Specific questions may vary depending on your age, sexual activity, and health history.
Some common questions include:
- Do I need any vaccinations?
- Am I at high risk for any developing cancers or infections?
- How do I reduce the risk of breast cancer or cervical cancer?
- How often should I get cancer screenings and breast exams?
- How heavy should my menstrual flow be?
- What should I expect while going through menopause?
- What type of contraception is best for me?
- How often should I get tested for an STI?
Booking an Appointment
Here’s how to book an OB/GYN appointment on Sesame:
- Search "OB/GYN" in Sesame’s search bar
- Explore the list of nearby service providers
- Choose from video or in-person services
- Choose a time that best accommodates your schedule
- Book your visit!
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