The Expanded Role of OBGYNs in Women's Healthcare

By: Tori Bowlin

March 01, 2024

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Obstetrician-gynecologists (OBGYNs) see patients from menses (the monthly menstrual cycle that occurs as a part of the female reproductive system), pregnancy and childbirth through menopause and play a pivotal role in managing reproductive health and overall wellness.

Dr. James Alexander with Renown Women's Health explains. "As experts in women's health, we are uniquely positioned to recognize subtle changes or symptoms that might indicate broader health issues. This comprehensive approach allows us to serve as a valuable first touchpoint for various health concerns."

Preventive Screenings: A Proactive Approach

One key aspect is an OBGYN's ability to recommend preventive screenings based on your symptoms, age, lifestyle and medical history.

For instance, lipid screenings are critical for monitoring cholesterol levels, which can be a significant factor in women’s heart disease. An OBGYN keeps up with the current guidelines for routine screening as well as in women with risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or a family history of heart disease during your visit. By identifying risks and abnormal screening early, they can collaborate with you to implement lifestyle changes or treatments to reduce your risk of heart conditions.

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Beyond Reproductive Health 

Similarly,colonoscopies are vital for detecting colon cancer, especially as you age or if you have a family history of the disease. Though not always associated with an OBGYN's role, they will recommend a colonoscopy as part of routine care as well as when specific symptoms—like unexplained weight loss, changes in bowel habits or abdominal pain—are present. This proactive approach ensures that potential issues are addressed promptly, providing an integrated perspective on health management.

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Communication is Key

By maintaining an open dialogue with your OBGYN about your health concerns and symptoms, you empower them to guide you toward the necessary screenings and preventive measures. Their recommendations for lipid screenings, colonoscopies, and other tests are based on a deep understanding of your health profile, making them an integral ally in your health.

Dr. Alexander emphasizes the importance of regular check-ups with your OBGYN, ensuring you receive comprehensive care beyond reproductive health to encompass your overall well-being.

Visit Renown Women's Health for more information and to schedule an appointment. We're here for you!

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