What an OB GYN does

An OB GYN, or obstetrician gynecologist, is a woman’s health doctor. Obstetricians specialize in the birth process, from conception to delivery. Gynecologists deal with other aspects of women’s health, including annual pap smears, STD testing and mammograms. Most obstetricians are also gynecologists, which means you can build a comfortable relationship with your feminine doctor before trusting him or her with the important task of meeting your needs throughout pregnancy.

To help you get a better idea about when you should see an OB GYN, here is a list of services your OB GYN can provide:

  • Pap Test
  • Pelvic Exam
  • STD Testing and Treatment
  • HIV Testing
  • Breast Exam
  • Pregnancy Testing
  • Contraception Consultation
  • Prenatal Care
  • Delivery Care
  • Menopause Treatment
  • Infertility Treatment

It is recommended that all women over the age of 21 get a Pap test, pelvic and breast exam annually, and girls should have their first appointment with a gynecologist or OB GYN after they begin menstruating. Young women that are sexually active should consult with a gynecologist about practicing safe sex, and to receive STD tests. Seeing a gynecologist may be uncomfortable at first, as your doctor will be examining intimate areas of your body and asking personal questions about your sexual experiences. You must be extremely honest with you doctor, and remember that your OB GYN is there to help you.