OBGYN vs. GYN Advantia Health

Confused about whether to see a gynecologist or an OB/GYN? Here’s the difference: A gynecologist focuses on women’s reproductive health, dealing with issues like menstrual cycles, contraception, and menopause.

An OB/GYN is qualified in both gynecology and obstetrics, meaning they not only cover the same areas as a gynecologist but also specialize in pregnancy and childbirth—and many other issues related to women’s overall health.

Choosing the right specialist depends on whether you need general reproductive care, services related to pregnancy, or both throughout your lifetime.

What is a Gynecologist?

A gynecologist is a healthcare professional specializing in women’s reproductive health. They focus on a wide range of issues affecting the reproductive system, which includes organs like the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, vagina, and breasts. From conducting vital tests such as pap smears, cervical exams, and breast assessments to addressing concerns like menstrual irregularities, cramps, or contraception, gynecologists are your primary source for reproductive well-being. 

If you’re facing any discomfort, vaginal itching, or pain in your reproductive area, or have concerns about your menstrual cycle and you’re not pregnant, consulting a gynecologist is a crucial step. They’re not just specialists in diagnosing and treating conditions but also partners in your journey toward maintaining reproductive health.

What is an OB/GYN?

An OB/GYN is a doctor trained in both obstetrics and gynecology, making them experts in women’s health, including pregnancy, childbirth, reproductive systems, and more. An advantage to seeing an OB/GYN is that they can follow you throughout your life for both gynecological needs and pregnancy-related needs. 

If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, an OB/GYN is essential for prenatal care, monitoring your ongoing pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum care. Most women choose to stick with one OB/GYN if they are able so that the same doctor can be there for every step of the pregnancy. 

OB/GYNs provide regular checkups, ultrasound services, and other necessary prenatal tests to ensure that both you and your child are safe and healthy throughout your pregnancy and delivery. 

OB/GYNs also provide the same gynecological services as a certified gynecologist. Initially choosing an OB/GYN for your routine care, contraception, and reproductive issues may mean you do not have to switch providers should you become pregnant. Similarly, an OB/GYN can follow you beyond postpartum care, allowing you to continue healthcare services with a provider familiar with your medical history.

For this reason, many women use their OB/GYN as their primary care physician.

When Should I See a Gynecologist?

If you require any of the following healthcare services and are not pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, you may want to consider a gynecologist for the following:

  • Routine Exams: Routine exams like pap smears and cervix exams can be conducted by a Gynecologist.
  • Surgeries: If you require any gynecological surgery that is not related to childbirth, a Gynecologist will be the doctor who does the procedure.
  • Contraception Consultation: Gynecologists can help you decide the best method for you when it comes to preventing unwanted pregnancies.
  • Menstrual Health: If you are experiencing menstrual issues, a Gynecologist can help diagnose and treat the problem.
  • Reproductive Issues: Ovarian cysts, fibroids, and endometriosis can all be treated by a Gynecologist. A Gynecologist can also help with things like infections and inflammatory pelvic problems.

When Should I See an OBGYN?

Consult an OB/GYN for any of the healthcare services you would seek a gynecologist for, such as routine exams, surgeries, contraception consultation, menstrual health, reproductive issues, or any of the following:

  • Pregnancy: OB/GYNs can help with things like fertility issues if you are attempting to conceive. 
  • Prenatal Checkups: If you are already pregnant, an OB/GYN is essential for regular checkups throughout your pregnancy. 
  • Labor and Delivery: Once it is time for you to give birth, an OB/GYN will be the main doctor to ensure that you and your child have a healthy, safe birthing experience. 
  • Postpartum Care: After you have given birth, your OB/GYN can help with postpartum recovery, breastfeeding support, and managing any postpartum issues that may arise.  

Advantia Health: Your Source for Women’s Healthcare

Advantia Health is working hard to revolutionize women’s healthcare. Our team of expert healthcare Gynecologists and OB/GYNs will work with you to get the comprehensive individual care you need when it comes to reproductive health. 

Advantia Health is here to provide women with empathetic, quality care, and we’d love to help you on your health journey whatever your needs may be.