Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between gynecology and obstetrics?
In general terms, gynecology focuses on women’s medical issues, specifically those related to the reproductive or urological organs. Obstetrics, on the other hand, is concerned with prenatal care, pregnancy, and labor and delivery. Because these two fields are so closely related, many physicians will study both and provide both types of care.
When should I have my first gynecological exam?
The answer to this question will depend. If you are experiencing problems or become sexually active, you should see a gynecologist regardless of your age. Otherwise, you should consider scheduling your first pelvic exam around age 21.
What should I expect during my first visit to the gynecologist?
Typically, during your first exam, you will be asked to provide a detailed medical history and be given a few simple screening tests.
When should I have my first prenatal visit?
If you suspect that you may be pregnant—if you have tested positive with a home pregnancy test, for example—you should call to set up an appointment right away. We will schedule a visit about eight weeks from your last menstrual period.
Should I eat or avoid eating any certain foods during pregnancy?
Yes. Expecting mothers should eat foods that contain high amounts of iron, calcium, and protein; increased fiber and water intake will also help with any digestive issues related to pregnancy. On the other hand, you’ll want to avoid any raw foods, fish (specifically those containing mercury), and soft cheeses, among others.
Are there any options for treating morning sickness?
Absolutely. Non-medical treatments may include eating something bland, like dry toast or crackers, before getting out of bed in the mornings. Foods that may be particularly difficult on the digestive system, such as greasy or spicy foods, should be avoided as they can exacerbate nausea. Try to take any medications with food rather than on an empty stomach, and drink plenty of water!