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Old 04-02-2006, 07:41 AM   #1
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Obstetrician v. Gynocologist

What's the difference? I have an appointment with a gyno, and I was just wondering.

 
Old 04-02-2006, 01:57 PM   #2
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Re: Obstetrician v. Gynocologist

Here in Canada there is no difference. I go to an OB/GYN. One in the same!

 
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Old 04-02-2006, 04:57 PM   #3
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Re: Obstetrician v. Gynocologist

There is a big difference -- some doctors are both an OB and a GYN, but some are only GYNs.

My regular gynecologist that I've been going to for many years DOES NOT HANDLE PREGNANCIES. He is not an obstetrician (he was a long time ago, but due to the malpractice insurance he got out of it).

As soon as I told him I was ready to start trying to have a baby, he referred me to an OB/GYN -- the one I choose was the one he shares an office suite with (different practices, though).

When I'm done having kids, or in between, I'll go back and see my GYN. Anytime I don't have to worry about pregnancy that's when I'll see him.

 
Old 04-03-2006, 11:13 AM   #4
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Re: Obstetrician v. Gynocologist

An obstetrician handles pregnancy, and a gynecologist handles just about everything else "womanly". I think most obstetricians are also gynecologists (OB/GYN), but there are a lot of gynecologists that do not handle obstretrics. That's the case with me. My gynecologist does not do pregnancy (which really bummed me out because she's great), but I chose the midwives within the same practice and am happy about that.

 
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