Women’s obstetrics & gynecology: what does it mean and who is it for?
You want a comprehensive understanding of women’s obstetrics and gynecology. Here we break down these terms and show that there is a whole lot to women’s healthcare worth knowing about.
Your health is our top priority at Dr. Lona Sasser Obstetrics & Gynecology. We are here to support you from conception to birth, from adolescence to menopause, and beyond.
Dr. Lona Sasser and Dr. Mary Squire-De Leon are highly skilled obgyns in Coral Springs, Florida, who offer comprehensive gynecology services for patients of all ages. This includes pediatric gynecological exam services.
Women’s obstetrics & gynecology: breaking down the terms
Let’s start with what the words refer to.
Obstetrics is a branch of medicine that deals with pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.
On the other hand, a gynecologist diagnoses and treats any conditions related to women’s reproductive organs, including the cervix, uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and vagina. They perform routine screenings from breast and pelvic exams to pap smears. Gynecologists can help patients have safe sexual activity, provide contraceptives, and offer information about protection against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Put these two specializations together and you get an ob-gyn. A comprehensive obgyn specializes in all aspects of women’s health. We’re talking about everything from the development of the reproductive organs to urinary health, menstrual health, sexual and reproductive health, healthy pregnancy, and healthy menopause.
Why see an obgyn?
You may be surprised to learn that obgyns are doctors who specialize in a huge range of services. We explore some of the ways this healthcare is for you.
Routine care – Regular, annual women’s obstetrics and gynecology visits build a crucial trusting relationship between the patient and their care provider. Plus, these visits help to catch health problems from their earliest stages of development, before they get serious.
Your women’s obstetrics & gynecology provider offers comprehensive care, addressing everything from heart health to diabetes to thyroid disease in addition to reproductive health care.
Talking to your doctor about your health questions, fertility goals, and contraception methods will give you insight into the things you are wondering about that impact your body and remove any anxiety you might have. You become an empowered patient through routine care.
Teen health – A teen’s first women’s obstetrics & gynecology visit is part of adolescence. This experience is the beginning of a lifetime of talking about reproductive and sexual health, and teens should use the visit as a safe space to get their questions answered.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends teens start seeing an ob-gyn between the ages of 13 and 15. The doctor can reassure teens about normal signs of development, address concerns and assess any conditions.
No need to be anxious about a pelvic exam. This is not usually part of an initial teen visit. And Pap tests aren’t recommended until age 21.
Reproductive health – From birth control education to diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs); from IUD insertion and removal to urogynecology and surgical alternatives for urinary incontinence, a comprehensive obgyn is the place to bring all your reproductive health needs.
They will answer your questions, help you plan and assess and diagnose any gynecological problems you encounter along the way. Whether you are planning a family or not, your reproductive health is important.
Healthy aging – Myriad things about our bodies and our health change with aging. Menopause, when the ovaries stop producing estrogen, marks the end of the reproductive years but your women’s obstetrics & gynecology provider continues to be the go-to health professional to address much of your care.
Continuing to see a doctor who has partnered with you through earlier parts of your life means a shared history that benefits your health and care.
Finding a new provider in your later years who is well-versed in women’s health across a broad spectrum of experience can be just as beneficial.
Comprehensive compassionate care
Dr. Lona Sasser and Dr. Mary Squire-De Leon offer comprehensive gynecology and obstetrics services for patients of all ages.
We are here to support you from conception to birth, from adolescence to menopause, and beyond.
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