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Updated June 03, 2014

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Definition: OB/ GYN is an abbreviation for obstetrician/ gynecologist. An OB/ GYN's job is to screen for certain diseases including cancers of the breasts, cervix, uterus, vagina and surrounding area. Another important part of an OB/ GYN's job is to diagnose and treat female reproductive health issues that include sexually transmitted diseases, menstrual issues, diseases of the breasts, uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries, as well as fertility problems, and premenstrual syndrome and menopause related issues.

The OB/ GYN is the specialist who is responsible for helping women have healthy pregnancies and healthy newborns. For the majority of OB/ GYN practices, the monitoring of pregnant women and delivery of their newborns is their primary practice.

An OB/ GYN also performs surgical procedures that include C-sections and hysterectomies, as well as other procedures such as colposcopy and the LEEP.

Tip: Every woman should make an appointment with their OB/ GYN every year beginning at the age of 21, or within three years of sexual intercourse if under age 21. It's extremely important to return for annual Pap smears and pelvic exams according to individual recommendations by your OB/ GYN. Also, consult your OB/ GYN anytime you experience anything that is not normal for you or if have any questions about your reproductive health.

Also Known As: OB, GYN, GYNE,baby doctor, obstetrician, gynecologist, reproductive health specialist
I see my OB/ GYN every year for a Pap smear and pelvic exam.
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