Women health specialists work with women who are pregnant or have given birth. Women’s Health Specialists often provide prenatal care, deliver babies, and offer gynecological services to their patients. Women’s Health Specialists may also specialize in obstetrics, family planning, or reproductive medicine.
Women’s Health Specialists include OB-GYN (obstetrician-gynecologist), Family Practitioner, Nurse-Midwife, and Certified Nurse Midwife. Women’s health specialists can be found in private practice, at hospitals, or clinics where they provide medical care for women of all ages.
They are trained for
Women’s health specialists are trained to manage the physical as well as emotional challenges that arise during pregnancy and childbirth, through postpartum care and treatment of common conditions, such as:
- Contraception and family planning.
- Women’s health concerns include breast and cervical cancer screening.
- Prenatal care and delivery.
- Gynecological issues such as pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, abnormal uterine bleeding, etc.
Women’s Health Specialists may also receive additional training to treat illnesses such as benign tumors (fibroids), infertility, urinary incontinence, osteoporosis, vaginal infections, depression in women, menopausal symptoms including hot flashes. Women Health Specialists often prescribe medication for the above-mentioned problems. Women health specialists also do contraceptive counseling and offer counseling services for patients who want to get pregnant or stop having babies.
Types of Women Health Specialists
1. OB-GYN (obstetrician-gynecologist)
An obstetrician is a doctor who specializes in pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. An obstetrician also oversees the health of women who are not pregnant.
2. Family Practitioner
A family practitioner is a doctor who provides primary care for people of all ages. Family practitioners usually see their patients for routine checkups, preventive care, and treatment of common illnesses.
A nurse-midwife is a registered nurse who has special training in providing maternity care to women. Nurse-midwives often work in hospitals or clinics and provide prenatal care, deliver babies, and offer gynecological services to their patients.
4. Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
A CNM provides primary care during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. They also provide gynecological services including PAP smears, diagnosis of STDs, infertility counseling, and contraception care.
Why Women Should Visit Women’s Health Specialists
- Women’s health specialists provide routine and preventive care.
- Safe and effective contraception counseling and options.
- Women’s health conditions can often be diagnosed without lengthy tests and procedures.
How to Find Women Health Specialist
Women’s health specialists can be found in private practice, at hospitals, and in clinics. Women who need to see a specialist for certain conditions may need to visit another doctor first before they can be referred to a Women’s Health Specialist. Women need to talk with their primary care provider or OB/GYN about the types of Women’s Health Specialists available in their area.
When to visit a Women’s Health Specialist
Women should visit a women’s health specialist regularly as part of their wellness plan, beginning with their first reproductive years or as recommended by their primary care provider or OB/GYN. In addition to general well-woman visits, the following are reasons for which a woman may need to see a women’s health specialist:
- if she is pregnant
- if she has given birth recently
- if she gets regular Pap smears
- if she thinks that something could be wrong with her reproductive health
- if she is experiencing abnormal uterine bleeding
- if she is having problems with sexual function
- if she has pelvic pain.
Women Health Specialists are an important part of the healthcare team. They play a key role in providing preventive services, diagnosing common conditions, and prescribing medication for women’s problems. Women should visit their specialist regularly as recommended by their primary care provider or OB/GYN.