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Thursday, October 1, 2009

What is the Difference Between Obstetrician and Gynecologist?

An obstetrician is a physician who has successfully completed specialized education and training in the management of pregnancy, labour, and pueperium (the time-period directly following childbirth).

A gynecologist is a physician who has a successfully completed specialized education and training in the health of the female reproductive system, including the diagnosis and treatment of disorders and diseases.

Typically, the education and training for both fields occurs concurrently. Thus, an obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) is a physician specialist who provides medical and surgical care to women and has particular expertise in pregnancy, childbirth, and disorders of the reproductive system. This includes preventative care, prenatal care, Pap test (a test for cancer of the cervix), detection of sexually transmitted diseases, screening, and family planning.

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  1. Thanks for the OB/GYN break down. I know what I go to the gynecologist for, but the only thing I really know about the obstetrician is that they deal with pregnancy. Seeing what they specialize in written out has really cleared things up. I am looking for a new gynecologist and I wasn't sure if I needed an OB/GYN or if a regular gynecologist would do, now I know. Thank you!

  2. Thank you so much for putting this together! Really appreciate it.

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