What is Gynecology?

Gynecology is a branch of medicine that focuses on diseases of the female with an extra focus on the reproductive system.

Gynecologists have extensive experience and training in diagnosing and treating all types of women’s health concerns. With our team of dedicated gynecology experts at Garden OB/GYN, you can expect the best personalized care.

What is a Gynecologist?

A gynecologist is a medical doctor who has extensive training in women’s health, especially reproductive health. Building a relationship with a dedicated gynecologist is important for preventive care and early detection of chronic diseases.

Your dedicated gynecologist is also your go-to practitioner for:

Ideally, you should schedule an annual preventive care exam, known as a well-woman exam. If you have chronic conditions, like polyps or endometriosis, your gynecologist may want to see you more regularly.

When Should I See a Gynecologist?

There may be times outside of your annual well-woman exam when you need to see one of our gynecologists.

The compassionate team of practitioners at Garden OB/GYN wants you to schedule an evaluation if you:
  • Experience pelvic pain
  • Have sexual dysfunction
  • Are planning to get pregnant
  • Want to start or change birth control
  • Experience burning or pain while urinating
  • Have abnormal bleeding or heavy periods
  • Are having symptoms of an STD, including sores

You should also schedule an evaluation at Garden OB/GYN if you’re beginning to experience menopause-related symptoms, such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness.

How Do I Prepare for a Gynecology Exam?

There are a few things you can do to prepare for your gynecology exam at Garden OB/GYN, just to ensure you get the most out of your visit and to help your doctor better understand your health.

It’s helpful to:
  • Transfer your records from your previous gynecologist to Garden OB/GYN
  • Make a list of all of your current medications and supplements
  • Know the first date of your last menstrual period

If you’re due for a Pap smear, try to schedule your appointment on a day when you’re not on your period because menstrual flow could affect your results. Or if you need a blood draw, you might need to fast for several hours beforehand, but you can ask the caring team at Garden OB/GYN ahead of time if this applies to you.

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