They treat and counsel women throughout their pregnancy and deliver babies. They also diagnose and treat health issues specific to women, such as breast cancer, cervical cancer, hormonal disorders, and symptoms related to menopause.
Some of the things obstetricians and gynecologists might do:
• Take a patient’s medical history
• Update charts and patient information to show current findings and treatments
• Perform preventative screenings for health issues
• Perform surgery and assist with labor and delivery of babies
• Order tests for nurses or other healthcare staff to perform
• Review test results to identify any abnormal findings
• Recommend and design a plan of treatment
• Address concerns or answer questions that patients have about their health and well-being
• Help patients take care of their health by discussing topics such as proper nutrition and hygiene
They also counsel women who may be experiencing fertility problems
by suggesting freezing eggs, identifying possible egg donors, sperm donors etc. They also conduct exams to screen for ovarian cancer and uterine cancer.
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