What Does a Gynaecologist Do on Your First Visit?

Last updated: 6 December 2017

What does a gynaecologist do?

A gynaecologist is a doctor who specialises in women’s health. More specifically they manage the medical and surgical problems that affect women’s reproductive and urolological systems.

What to expect at your first gynaecologist appointment

Aswith any doctor’s appointment, the initial consult involves taking a history, an examination and then performing tests.

History

When taking your history, your gynaecologist may ask you about what has happened leading up to the appointment, your symptoms, if you have any pre-existing conditions and any other information that will help them make a diagnosis.

Examination

Your gynaecologist will conduct a vaginal examination with use of a speculum so the cervix can be visualised.

Tests

Finally your gynaecologist arrange specific tests to be performed, these may include blood testsurine testspap smears, and ultrasounds.

Once the results from the tests are back, the information gathered is analysed and a diagnosis decided upon. The best treatment can then be tailored to your requirements.

What medical conditions do gynaecologists treat?

Any area of women’s health, including

  • Pregnancy
  • Child birth
  • Sexual health
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Gynaecologic malignancies
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Problems with menstruation
  • Lower abdominal pain

Specialty areas of interest

  • Reproductive endocrinology and fertility
  • Obstetrics
  • Gynaecologic oncology
  • Foetal-maternal medicine
  • Paediatric and adolescent gynaecology
  • Urogynaecology

Associated tests

Procedures

  • Hysterectomy
  • IUCD fitting
  • Pelvic and bladder outlet reconstruction
  • Sterilisation
  • Abortion
  • Delivery
  • Caesarean section
  • Forceps delivery
  • Vaccuum assisted delivery
  • Dilatation and curretage (D&C)

Training and qualifications

Links

Gynecology – American spelling for Gynaecology.

 

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This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice. If in doubt, HealthEngine recommends consulting with a registered health practitioner.