An obstetrician-gynecologist (Ob/Gyn) specializes in the health needs of adolescent and adult women. Ob/Gyn doctors specialize in the medical and surgical care of the female reproductive system. Ob/Gyn doctors often serve as a woman’s primary care doctor and they care for pregnant women and their unborn children.
Ob/Gyn doctors provide general healthcare, preventive care, and treatment of diseases and conditions associated with the female reproductive system and pregnancy. An Ob/Gyn typically:
Evaluates a patient’s medical history and educates the patient about wellness and disease prevention
Performs reproductive health and cancer screenings, including pelvic exams, Pap tests, breast exams, and sexually transmitted disease screenings
Provides care during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum (after delivery)
Provides family planning and contraceptive counseling
Orders and interprets laboratory and imaging tests and prescribes medications
Diagnoses and treats acute and chronic diseases and conditions that affect women’s health and reproduction, including gynecological cancer, infertility, and menopause
Performs surgical procedures on the reproductive system and urinary tract, such as hysterectomy, episiotomy, and dilation and curettage (D and C)
Obstetrician-gynecologists may also be known by the following names: obgyn doctor, specialist in obstetrics, specialist in gynecology, OB/GYN doctor, obstetrics and gynecology physician, and women’s health specialist.
There are 52197 specialists practicing Obstetrics & Gynecology in the United States with an overall average rating of 4.0 stars. There are 3444 hospitals in the United States with affiliated Obstetrics & Gynecology specialists, including NYU Langone Health Tisch Hospital, Northside Hospital and Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital.