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What is a Gynecologist / Obstetrician?

Medihope Super Speciality Hospital

Medihope Super Speciality Hospital

  Malleshpalya, Bengaluru     Feb 9, 2017

   1 min     


A gynecologist is devoted only to the reproductive care of women while an obstetrician is concerned with women during and a little after pregnancy. Obstetricians are also concerned with the health of the fetus. Almost all modern Gynecologists are also Obstetricians.

Comparison chart

Gynecologist versus Obstetrician comparison chart


Definition: A doctor who specializes in the medical care of women and their reproductive system (vagina, ovaries and uterus).

Specialization: Deals with mammograms and pap smear, uterine or vaginal infections, fertility problems or contraception, tubal ligations and hysterectomies. Confirms the pregnancy and then transfers to the obstetrician.

Education: Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN) are generally trained together.

Surgical procedures: Typical procedures performed are: hysterectomy, oophorectomy, tubal ligation, laproscopy, laprotomy, cystoscopy.

Diseases: Cancer of reproductive organs (ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, cervix, vagina and vulva), incontinence, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, infertility, menorrhagia, prolapse of pelvic organs, fungal, bacterial or protozoal infections.


A doctor who specializes in the surgical care of women and their children during pregnancy, childbirth and post-natal care.

Pregnancy, post-natal/post-partum care and delivery. Performs regular ultrasounds usually in the first trimester, at 12th week and 20th week of pregnancy to determine healthy of the fetus, identify any complications and determine gestational period.

Do not treat diseases. They deal with any complications during childbirth such as Ectopic pregnancy, fetal distress, pre-eclampsia, placental abruption, shoulder dystocia, uterine rupture, prolapsed cord, obstetrical hemorrhage and sepsis.



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