Seeing a gynecologist is an important step in a woman's life. Most physicians recommend that women begin to have annual appointments with their gynecologist in their teenage years so that he or she can help with awareness and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, contraception, and optimal women's health. While patients can choose a physician who specializes only in gynecology, many opt for one who also practices obstetrics so that they can use the same physician when they become pregnant in the future.
An OB/GYN is a physician who practices both obstetrics and gynecology. This type of physician is beneficial to many women because they can continue to see the same physician when pregnant and when they're not pregnant. This allows for continuity of care, having a physician who already knows your health history, and seeing a physician with whom she has an established relationship.
If you've recently become pregnant and do not have an obstetrician or have not seen a gynecologist in a while, it's important to find a physician quickly. During pregnancy, your OB/GYN will be critical to your care. Your OB/GYN will monitor you and the baby throughout the entire pregnancy, perform prenatal testing, and help to identify any potential problems or complications. Your physician will also advise you about any foods or activities to avoid, prescribe necessary vitamins or medications, and help you though the physical and emotional changes that pregnancy brings. Perhaps most importantly, the OB/GYN will deliver your baby and monitor the patient and the baby afterwards.
Because you will spend a great deal of time with him or her, finding an OB/GYN that you trust is very important. Dr. Taryll Jenkins of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine has assisted countless women though their pregnancies. With expert physical care and gentle bedside manner, Dr. Jenkins earns the trust and respect of his patients from the first appointment. He is trained in obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive medicine thus being able to care for a patient throughout most of her life.
For more information about how obstetric care can help you have a healthy pregnancy, call Dr. Jenkins today.