Dr. Aaron Campbell is board certified in both gynecology and obstetrics. He offers comprehensive gynecological services to patients in Brenham and the surrounding area including well woman exams, contraception, menopause and hormone replacement therapy, and many others. Dr. Campbell encourages individuals who need to see a gynecologist to contact Brenham Women’s Health for all of their healthcare needs.
Gynecology Q & A
by Aaron Campbell, MD, FACOG
What is gynecology?
Gynecology is a medical practice that involves health conditions associated with the female reproductive system. This involves reproductive disorders, hormonal imbalances, cancers of the breast, uterus, and ovaries, and any other health condition that affects women and girls. Even after women have entered into menopause, gynecological exams are important to determine the health of the body as a whole. Female hormones affect every process in the body, just as much as other types of hormones. Good feminine health is extremely important if a woman wants to maintain the highest quality of life possible. Seeing a gynecologist on a regular basis helps her maintain her health and live a fuller, more active life.
How often should a woman have a gynecological exam?
Women should receive a gynecological exam at least once a year. For women during their childbearing years, the exams offer benefits that include:
- Monitoring overall health
- Testing for cervical cancer, HPV, and other reproductive health issues
- Checking for possible STDs
- Assisting patients in choosing the best form of birth control, whether it’s permanent or temporary
- Maintaining appropriate hormone balance within the body
- Testing for infertility
- Helping a woman prepare for and maintain their health during a pregnancy
A gynecological exam can also detect abnormalities that can lead to serious health issues. Early detection is essential allowing Dr. Campbell to begin treatment as soon as the problem is discovered. The earlier the problem is discovered, the more treatment options he can choose from, and the higher the chances of recovery.
What is an OB/GYN?
An OB/GYN is a physician who has completed the requirements for and has become board certified in both gynecology and obstetrics. An OB/GYN offers complete feminine health care. They’re able to treat a woman before, during, and after pregnancy. A gynecologist is limited to diagnosing and treating illnesses that affect women and their reproductive organs. An obstetrician’s primary field of service has to do with pregnancy and childbearing. While the gynecologist can treat a woman prior to the conception of the unborn child, an obstetrician takes over as the woman progresses through the pregnancy and delivers the child. Choosing a doctor who specializes in both types of medicine allows a woman to remain with the safe physician throughout her entire pregnancy.