Obstetricians & Gynaecologists – Women Health Specialists
An Introduction to Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Obstetrics & Gynaecology, also known as OB-GYN is a branch of medicine that specializes in the care of women during pregnancy and childbirth. It is also concerned with diagnosing and treating diseases of the female reproductive organs, other health issues in women such as infections, menopause, hormone problems, contraception, and infertility.
Obstetrics is a branch of medicine that specializes in the medical and surgical care of women before, during, and after childbirth. It focuses on caring for and maintaining a woman’s overall health during maternity.
Gynecology is the branch of medicine that is concerned with diseases of women and their reproductive health. It focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and care of women’s overall health and their reproductive organs.
Gynecology also includes screening and treating diseases and issues associated with women’s breasts.
Who is an OB-GYN or Obstetrics and Gynecology Doctor?
An OB-GYN or obstetrics and gynecology doctors specialize in women’s health. The female body experiences a lot of changes and several different biological functions during their course of life. This includes menstruation, childbirth, and menopause. Obstetrics and Gynecology doctors provide care and treatment for all of this and more. They have expertise in female reproductive health, pregnancy, and childbirth. Some of these specialists offer a wide range of general health services to women similar to your regular physician. Others focus on providing medical care for the female reproductive system.
Specialty Areas of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Usually, OB-GYNs are doctors who provide a wide range of OB-GYN services. However, some choose to specialize in one or more subspecialties of this branch. These may include:-
When Should You Visit an OB-GYN?
The best way to keep in check the overall health and medical issues is preventive care. Women who are healthy and do not experience any reproductive health issues should get a preventive checkup at least once a year. During this visit, obstetrics and gynecology doctors may conduct several evaluations, lab tests, or physical examinations.
Depending upon your age, your OB-GYN will decide what tests or screenings are required. In addition to your annual visit, you should consult an OB-GYN when you experience any changes in your reproductive cycle. These changes may be routine, planned, or expected like your first menstrual cycle, pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause.
Or, these can also be abnormal, unexpected, or unusual like unusual cramping, pain during urination, pain during intercourse, and changes in the volume or frequency of menstrual bleeding.
Consider visiting your OB-GYN keeping in mind your age and reproductive goals. For example, if you are sexually active, you may need to visit an OB-GYN for birth control, contraception, sterilization, safe sex tips, vaccination against the human papillomavirus, abnormal vaginal discharge, urinary tract infections, treatment and prevention of pain during sex, or simply to get advice on preventing or treating sexually transmitted infections or HIV.
If you are pregnant, you may visit your OB-GYN for:-
What are the Diseases Treated by OB-GYNs?
What are the Common Procedures Performed by OB-GYNs?
Education and Training Requirements to Become a Certified OB-GYN
To become a trained and certified OB-GYN, doctors have to spend five & a half years in graduation as M.B.B.S. from a medical college, followed by a post-graduate course in Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Furthermore, they can pursue several fellowships courses to specialize in fields of Fetal medicine, Female infertility, and Minimal Access Surgery.
Dr. Divaanshu Gupta
Dr. Divaanshu Gupta is a cardiac anaesthesiologist in Manipal Hospital, Jaipur. He has done his M.B.B.S. as well as M.D. Anaesthesia from S.M.S. Medical College. He has a vast experience of working in various critical care units of government as well as corporate hospitals.