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Gynecology

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Your reproductive health is an intimate subject, one you may only feel comfortable discussing with a specialist. At Louisiana Women’s Healthcare, you have access to the extensive accumulative experience of over 30 specialists behind your care.

What is gynecology?

Gynecology is a branch of medicine dedicated to women’s health, particularly their reproductive health. A gynecologist is a physician who specializes in gynecology. Gynecology deals with any issue concerning the reproductive organs (uterus, fallopian tubes, cervix, ovaries and vagina).  A gynecologist may also treat related problems in the bowel, bladder and urinary system since these are closely related to female reproductive organs.

How do I take care of my gynecologic health?

Preventive care is one of the best ways to protect your gynecologic health. Your lifestyle choices and habits have a significant effect on your gynecologic health, too.  Some of the practical ways you can take care of your gynecologic health include:

  • Scheduling regular visits and screenings with your gynecologist
  • Paying attention to your body and recognizing unfamiliar symptoms
  • Staying up-to-date on relevant vaccinations
  • Practicing safe sexual activity
  • Maintaining healthy habits such as exercising, eating a nutritious diet, and not smoking

How can a gynecologist help me?

Your gynecologist at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare can expertly address any questions or concerns dealing with women’s health issues: 

When should I see a gynecologist?

Girls in the U.S. get their first period around age 12. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that girls should have their first gynecological exam between the ages of 13 and 15. This is to help girls understand that there is a doctor dedicated to their reproductive health.  However, a pelvic exam is usually not part of that first visit. Pelvic exams are recommended starting at age 21.  From there, you should make an appointment with your gynecologist at least once a year for your well-woman checkup and any recommended screenings. You should also make an appointment with your physician if you notice any abnormal symptoms.  

How do I choose a gynecologist?

Your gynecologist takes care of your most intimate health issues, so it’s important to find a practice that makes you feel comfortable. You might first start with researching which providers your insurance covers. From there, your provider’s credentials, procedure success rates, and personality are some factors to consider.

  • Credentials: Qualified gynecologists have to complete eight years of training, earn their gynecology board certification, and register with a professional organization. Every one of the physicians at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare meets these rigorous standards, often with decades of experience behind them.
  • Success Rate and Results: You may choose to check into your provider’s success rates and results for specific procedures (if they’re important to you). If you have concerns about C-section scars, for example, you can ask your provider about their expertise.
  • Personality: You want to make sure you feel comfortable enough with your provider to bring up your most intimate issues. The clinic strives to cultivate a compassionate, attentive environment, so you don’t hesitate to return.

Expert gynecological care in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Your relationship with your physician at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare is personal and sacred.  That’s because our physicians put great emphasis on getting to know their patients as individuals to provide the best possible care through all seasons of their lives.  If you are looking for highly-personalized and compassionate gynecological care, schedule an appointment with one of our caring physicians today online, through MyOchsner, or by phone (225) 201-2010.