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Obstetrics and gynaecology is the area of medicine that combines the two subspecialties - obstetrics and gynaecology. Obstetrics covers pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum while gynaecology covers health of the female reproductive system – uterus, vagina, breasts, and ovaries. A doctor who specialises in this specialty is known as an obstetrician-gynaecologist.
Who is a Gynaecologists?
Gynaecologists are doctors who specialize in women’s health, with a focus on the female reproductive system. Menstrual problems, contraception, sexuality, menopause and infertility issues are diagnosed and treated by a gynaecologist. Most gynaecologists also provide prenatal care while some provide primary care.
What do gynaecologists do?
Gynaecologists treat women with conditions related to their reproductive organs (vagina, ovaries, uterus). They also perform a variety of tests and examinations to diagnose disorders of the female reproductive system. Gynaecologists also conduct the standard yearly examination on adult women to ensure their reproductive health. During this exam, the doctor will physically examine the woman, perform a pap smear, perform STD tests, complete a breast exam, and monitor the woman's use of birth control. Some gynaecologists are also certified as obstetricians which means that they monitor the health of the mother and the fetus during a pregnancy.
How to consult a gynaecologist online?
To consult a gynaecologist online, click on the ‘Online Doctor Consultation’ section on the Apollo 24/7 app or website. Then type ‘Gynaceologist’ in the search bar to find a list of gynaecologists, along with their consultation timings. Choose one that suits your requirements and click on the ‘Consult’ button to book an appointment with a gynaecologist.
Does a gynaecologist treat all kinds of women’s reproductive health problems?
Yes. Gynaecologists treat almost all kinds of health problems related to the female reproductive system, including cancers or congenital abnormalities. Some of the conditions that gynaecologists treat are issues related to menstruation, pregnancy, fertility, and menopause, polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, urinary and fecal incontinence, sexual dysfunction, etc. Gynaecologists also perform minor surgeries on women's reproductive organs, such as tube tying, laparoscopy, etc.
When should I consult a Gynaecologists?
You should visit a gynaecologist if you have any questions or concerns regarding the female reproductive system. This includes breasts, uterus, ovaries and vulva. It can also include some urological or gastrointestinal symptoms. You can also visit a gynaecologist for any menstrual, pregnancy, fertility or contraception questions or issues or have any sexual health concerns and if you are seeking a preventive health exam and age-appropriate screenings.
What do we call a gynaecologist in simple words?
A gynaecologist may simply be called a ‘Women’s health specialist’ as they are skilled in the treatment of women's diseases, especially those of the reproductive organs.
Can I consult with gynaecologists anytime?
Yes, on Apollo 24/7, you can consult a gynaecologist anytime. Our gynaecologists are available round-the-clock for online consultations. Just pick your preferred slot and book a consultation.
How do I choose the best gynaecologists of India?
Apollo 24/7 has the best gynaecologists in India who are available round-the-clock to offer you an online consultation. All our doctors are highly-qualified and experienced to ensure that all your healthcare needs are taken care of.
Is video consultation available with all gynaecologists doctors?
Yes, all gynaecologists on the 24/7 platform offer video call consultations.
What is the difference between an obstetrician and gynaecologist?
The major difference between an obstetrician and a gynaecologist is that the former is concerned with pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care while the latter deals with treating ailments of the female reproductive system. However, most gynaecologists are also trained in obstetrics which is how they can deal with pregnancy and childbirth as well.
Can gynaecologists and obstetricians deal with infertility issues in women?
Yes. A gynaecologist/obstetrician specialises in the treatment of health issues in women, including infertility. He/she can assess the cause of infertility and suggest relevant treatment options. You may be referred to a specialist if needed, based on the doctor’s evaluation."
Do gynaecologists and obstetricians perform surgeries?
Yes. An obstetrician performs surgeries mainly related to child birth such as C-section. On the other hand, gynaecologists perform procedures related to the female reproductive system. Some of these procedures are hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries), tubal ligation (birth control procedure), and salpingectomy (removal of the fallopian tubes).
Should I visit a gynaecologist or an obstetrician regularly?
If you are not pregnant, visiting a gynaecologist/obstetrician at least once a year is recommended. Doing so can help you keep a check on your reproductive health. It will also help you identify serious health conditions in the initial phases.
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