Gynecologists are doctors who specialize in women’s health, with a focus on the female reproductive system. They deal with a wide range of issues, including obstetrics, or pregnancy and childbirth, menstruation and fertility issues, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), hormone disorders, and others.
Many women start visiting a gynecologist from their early teens and continue to attend a well-woman clinic for general health issues too. Women are advised to visit a gynecologist annually for a checkup, and any time they have symptoms that concern them. A gynecologist should be certified and registered with a professional body, such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).