Gynecologists San Diego: Physicians Specializing in the Female Reproductive System

A Gynecologist San Diego is a physician who specializes in the female reproductive system. The gynecologist is trained and experienced in diagnosing and treating problems that may occur in the reproductive system, such as cervical cancer and problems with the ovaries and/or uterus. Gynecologists typically do examinations known as a pelvic exam and pap smear, which allows them to collect cell samples to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases, cervical cancer and other cancers and condition’s that may arise in the female reproductive system. Many women begin visiting a gynecologist at around the age of 18, but some begin routine visits following puberty and will continue to have the same gynecologist throughout their adulthood.

During a visit to the Gynecologist San Diego a well exam is also usually done, which includes a breast examination to check for unusual lumps, which may be an indication of breast cancer. The physician will also provide the patient with instructions to do self exams to check for unusual lumps or shapes of the breast. One of the most common reasons many women visit a gynecologist is to be examined and prescribed birth control pills, receive contraceptive injections or for other types of birth control methods. Gynecologist in San Diego also diagnose and treat problems such as a urinary tract infection, internal cysts and problems with menstrual cycles. Gynecologists provide education for women regarding safe sexual practices and preventing sexually transmitted diseases.

Some gynecologists also overlap their practice with obstetrics and are referred to as an OB/GYN. An OB/GYN has undergone additional training to deal with fertility, pregnancy and delivering babies. An OB/GYN can provide education for women who are having difficulties conceiving as well as monitor them throughout their pregnancy. The OB/GYN typically provides pregnant women with recommendations for eating a healthy diet, provides prescriptions for prenatal vitamins and can provide education on preparing for giving birth. In many situations the OB/GYN monitors the woman throughout the pregnancy, delivers the baby and may do the first well check on the infant. However, in most situations, the OB/GYN provides services for the mother, including post natal care, but does not provide services for the infant.