Common abbreviation for obstetrician/gynecologist. Oddly, pronounced "OH-BEE-GEE-WHY-INN" as though it were an acronym. An OB/GYN is an MD/physician specializing in women's internal health. OB is generally fertility/pregnancy-related while GYN is more generic. Many doctors, conveniently, are both. He or she may be better able than your regular doctor to help with period difficulties, choosing the right birth control, and so on. Many women feel more comfortable with female OB/GYNs, and in fact, studies show that women tend to receive better care from female doctors.

Any woman over the age of 20 or so should have an OB/GYN, whether or not she is sexually active but DEFINITELY if she is.

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