An OB/GYN is a physician who specializes in all aspects of feminine health. It combines obstetrics (care before, during, and after pregnancy) and genecology (prevention and treatment of women’s diseases). Our services include family planning, contraceptives, prenatal care, well woman exams, gynecological surgery, and more.
Obstetrics is defined as a branch of medicine concerned with feminine health needs relating to childbirth. This includes care during and after pregnancy. Obstetrics services include:
Monitoring fetal development and mom’s health, with regular checkups, measurements, ultrasounds, and other diagnostics throughout pregnancy
Checking for pre-existing or newly developed health conditions that add risk to a pregnancy, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, genetic disorders, or infections
Provide guidance about nutrition, exercise, supplements, medications, and more
Help reduce discomfort of pregnancy-related symptoms such as back pain and morning sickness
Educate patients about what to expect during each stage of pregnancy and during childbirth
Deliver the baby and provide immediate aftercare for mom and child
Monitoring the mother’s health as she recovers from childbirth
Genecology is a medical specialty focusing on all aspects of female health, especially pertaining to the reproductive system in women who are not pregnant. Genecology services include:
Routine diagnostic examination, such as pelvic exam or breast exam
Pap smear, a simple test conducted once every three to five years that checks for cancerous or pre-cancerous cells
Diagnosis and treatment of dysmenorrhea (painful periods) and other menstrual disorders
Contraceptive counseling, birth control prescriptions, sterilization procedures
STI (sexually transmitted infection) prevention and education
Guidance through perimenopause and menopause, and treatment to reduce symptoms
Diagnostics and treatments for various feminine health concerns such as uterine fibroids, chronic pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, and more
Surgical procedures such as female sterilization, hysterectomies, and fibroid removal
General health guidelines recommend that girls have their first gynecology appointment between the ages of 13 and 15, though pelvic exams generally don’t begin until later. Contrary to common myths, there is not an upper age limit. The types of examinations needed will change with age, especially after menopause, but the need for care does not.
Specifically, you should see your OB/GYN:
Annually – The yearly well-woman visit is just what the name implies. It includes routine exams, as indicated by your age and medical history. Additionally, it is a chance to check in with your doctor, ask questions, assess your overall health, and discuss any problems you are having.
When contraceptive needs change – Every woman is different, and her needs change throughout life. When a young woman becomes sexually active, she might need something simple and reliable for occasional use. Upon entering a long-term sexual relationship, she might want a more convenient method of constant protection. If a medication causes unwanted symptoms, she may need to explore other options.
If you might be, or plan to become, pregnant – Prenatal care is vital for the health of you and your child. As soon as you know or suspect that you are pregnant, please call us. Even better, if you are planning a family, then you have an opportunity to get a jump start on a healthy pregnancy with pre-conception care.
You are beginning menopause – Find out what to expect, make sure your symptoms are normal, learn about hormone replacement therapy, and more. Your medical needs will change considerably, and your OB/GYN can help you enter this new phase with confidence while maintaining a high quality of life.
You have been exposed to an STD – Prompt testing and, if necessary, treatment is essential.
You develop feminine health problems - We are here to help the women of Katy, TX live better, feel better, and feel confident about their health. Any time you have health concerns or symptoms, you are encouraged to give us a call.
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