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 sexual activity, 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.

What is a Mammogram?

A mammogram is a common screening procedure that looks for cancerous cells or tumors in the breasts. These tests can identify cancerous cells up to two years before they will be noticeable in self-examinations.


Women generally get their first mammograms around 40 years old. However, if there is a history of breast cancer in your family, or if you have reason to believe you may have breast cancer, you should be screened sooner.