Human anatomy is complex and fragile, and each one of us is unique. While we can’t expect physicians to specialize in our own distinct makeup, they do specialize in health issues exclusive to women and men.
Gynecology and obstetrics -- usually combined into one specialty (ob-gyn) -- is the care and treatment of women’s organs throughout their lives. Ob-gyns, as doctors in this specialty are called, look after women’s reproductive health, dealing with birth control, pregnancy, and fertility. They also treat breast and cervical cancer and sexually transmitted diseases.
Gynecologists and obstetricians are doctors who specialize in women's health and reproduction.
Ob-gyns screen women for symptoms of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, and they administer to victims of abuse and sexual assault.
Compassionate as well as a strong decision maker and a good listener. You’ll need to listen carefully as your patients describe their symptoms. You’ll also need to be particularly sensitive when asking and answering difficult questions about women’s health, sexuality, and reproduction.
To prevent birth defects, a woman can take certain steps, such as making sure she has enough folic acid in her diet, before her child is even conceived.