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Obstetrics and gynecology are medical specialties that focus on two different aspects of the female reproductive system. At Virginia Beach OBGYN we provide care to women in all phases of their lives whether they are having a baby or are past menopause.
Obstetrics deals with the care of the pregnant women, the unborn baby, labor and delivery and the immediate period following childbirth. The obstetrician ensures that mother and child get the best prenatal care to ensure labor and delivery is accomplished without complications and that should intervention be needed, it is done quickly and safely.
Gynecology deals with any ailment concerning the reproductive organs; uterus, fallopian tubes, cervix, ovaries and vagina. A gynecologist may also treat related problems in the bowel, bladder and urinary system since these are closely related to female reproductive organs.
To be certified as an obstetrician or a gynecologist requires a minimum of 4 years residency training after attaining a general medical degree. The two specialties are closely related and most of these specialists provide care in both areas. This is why we see OB/GYN on the office door of these doctors. While 90% of gynecologists also deliver babies, obstetricians limit their practice to pregnancy and childbirth.
If you think you might be pregnant, and you’re looking for information on your options, abortion may be something you’re considering.
Some women feel like now isn’t a good time to have a baby, or they worry that they won’t be able to continue on in school. Because abortion is a permanent decision, it can be a good idea to take a couple of days to get as much information as you can about all your options to make the best choice for you.
Before you deal with the stress of that decision, though, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re pregnant. Many women who contact us are upset about needing to make this choice, because they are late for their period.
But, a late period is only a sign of pregnancy, and there are many different things that can cause a period to be late. Things like stress, a change in diet, or a change in exercise can all have an effect on a woman’s period. To know for sure, it’s always a good idea to have a pregnancy test.
And although pregnancy tests are generally accurate, it can also be a good idea to have an ultrasound. This can tell you if your pregnancy is viable. Many pregnancies end in miscarriage, so an abortion might not be necessary.
Contact us and we’ll find a pregnancy center in your area that can give you a free and confidential pregnancy test. These centers don’t perform or refer for abortions, but they have a lot of information about all your options. Many of them are even able to give you a free ultrasound.
- Click here to read more about Medical Abortions
- Click here to read more about Surgical Abortions
- Click here for a free Abortion Safety Checklist
Note: Option Line and our network of participating pregnancy centers offers peer counseling and accurate information about all pregnancy options; however, these centers do not offer or refer for abortion services. The information presented on this website and given through contacting Option Line is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.
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