4 Questions to Ask Your OBGYN Doctor
A women’s health plays an important part in society and it’s important that they are receiving the proper medical care. Our OBGYN at Ahava Medical and Rehabilitation Center provides women with medical care from puberty through to menopause, including through pregnancy and childbirth. For more information, call us today or schedule an appointment online. We also accept walk-ins for urgent care visits. We have convenient locations to serve near you in Liberty NY, Williamsburg Brooklyn NY, Flatbush Brooklyn, NY and nearby areas!
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An OB-GYN, short for obstetrician-gynecologist, is a specialized doctor that has focused their education, training, and experience on women’s health. An OB-GYN is able to diagnose and treat any condition related to a women’s reproductive system as it relates to menstruation, childbirth, and menopause, as well as preventive screenings and routine medical care. Some OB-GYN’s may choose to focus their practice on only the female reproductive system as a specialty while others can choose to practice more like a primary care doctor, offering a wide range of services under a broad general health umbrella. Gynecology refers to the branch of medicine specifically focused on women’s bodies and female reproductive health. Obstetrics refers to the practice dedicated to the care and maintenance of a women’s health during pregnancy, through childbirth, and postpartum. Our specialists at Ahava Medical and Rehabilitation Center provide women with medical care through all phases of their reproductive health, including prenatal and postnatal care.
OB-GYN’s can choose to work out of a private practice or as part of a larger medical team in a medical center or hospital. They are trained and able to perform both minor and major surgical procedures as they are related to the female reproductive system for both inpatient and outpatient procedures. They are also able to perform procedures related to pregnancy and childbirth, although the majority of these will be performed in a hospital setting. OB-GYN’s provide preventive tests and screenings for their patients, such as pap smears, pelvic exams, clinical breast exams, cancer screenings, and mammography’s, all of which can be performed in-office. Additional procedures that can be performed in the office will be dependent on the office setup and the preference of the doctor. However, many procedures can be performed in an office setting and your OB-GYN at Ahava Medical will be able to provide you with the full procedure details prior to receiving treatment, including whether it will be performed in the office or in the hospital.
Many people confuse these two specialized practices or think they are one and the same. The GYN in OB-GYN does refer to gynecology, with the OB referring to obstetrics, which is a different specialization in medicine. Gynecology is the branch of medicine that specializes in women’s bodies and the health of their reproductive system. This specialization covers the health and well-being of the vagina, uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries, as well as screening for, and treating, medical conditions that can affect a woman’s breasts. Where the practice of an OB-GYN differs from a gynecologist, is with the addition of the obstetrics discipline. Obstetrics is focused on the health and well-being of a woman while she is pregnant. When a woman becomes pregnant, she will be referred to an OB-GYN or an obstetrician for her prenatal care, which will continue on through labor, childbirth, and into the postpartum period. An OB-GYN will see patients in their office, while also assisting with labor and delivery in a hospital, and performing surgery related to childbirth as needed. The doctors at Ahava Medical and Rehabilitation Center are trained in both gynecology and obstetrics, so will be able to take care of our female patients’ reproductive health needs from puberty through to menopause, including prenatal and postpartum care.
Your first OB-GYN appointment is the opportunity for you to get to know the doctor and for them to get to know you. The doctor will first do a general exam in which they will check your vital signs and ask you some questions about your overall health and if you have any concerns. From there, you will be given a gown and asked to remove your street clothes in order for the doctor to be able to perform a physical exam. During the exam, they will ask any further questions specifically related to your reproductive health, as well as exam your vagina, including an internal exam of the cervix. Your OB-GYN will also perform a breast exam to ensure there are no abnormalities. The highly skilled and experienced doctors at Ahava Medical and Rehabilitation Center understand that this is a very personal appointment for their female patients, so will take every measure possible to make the appointment as comfortable and calming as possible.
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