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What is a Gynecologist?

A gynecologist is a medical professional who specializes in female reproductive health. This means that they focus on issues related to the female organs such as the uterus, ovaries, and breasts. Many gynecologists also practice as obstetricians, which means they provide care during pregnancy and birth.

Your gynecologist can provide services such as breast and pelvic exams, Pap tests, cancer screenings, and treatment for any issues that involve these areas. A visit to a gynecologist also allows for a patient to receive accurate information and confidential answers to questions about sex, sexuality, her changing body, and her periods. For adolescent patients, we focus on education regarding normal menstrual development, ovarian cysts, contraception, STI testing, and safe sex practices.

Our Gynecologists have been providing compassionate medical care to young female patients for 45 years. If you have any questions about gynecological care here at County Ob/Gyn please give us a call.

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Why should I see a gynecologist?

Testing and Vaccinations

Your gynecologist can get you tested for STDs/STIs and HIV if you are sexually active. They will also discuss with you how to lower your risk of contracting these infections. Lastly, getting the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is a very important step to take to prevent infection and cervical cancers.


Your body is going through a lot of changes during your teenage years. Seeing a gynecologist can help you to understand and talk about these changes with somebody that you can trust. It is not uncommon for teenagers to struggle with acne, weight gain, and especially your period. Your gynecologist can discuss what is considered normal, and help you to manage these changes comfortably.

Menstrual Cycle Problems/Questions

It is normal to have questions regarding irregular periods, heavy bleeding, discharge, pain, and more. A gynecologist will help you understand the menstrual process and identify any problems.

Birth Control

A very common reason for young women to see a gynecologist is to discuss birth control options. In addition to protecting against pregnancy, birth control can be used to help regulate and ease symptoms of your period. There are many different methods and forms of birth control, so it is important to discuss with your gynecologist which will suit your body the best.


At this age, it is normal to be having questions about relationships and sexuality. Your gynecologist can help answer these questions, and talk to you about what it means to have a healthy, consensual relationship with another person. This is also a good time to learn about the importance of having safe and protected sex.


Of course, your Ob/Gyn will be able to provide you with the best care and support if you are pregnant. We can test you for pregnancy, and discuss all of your options of what to do next.

General Health

Seeing a gynecologist allows you to become more aware and more comfortable with your body. Learning about your body and how to live a healthy lifestyle is very important, and a GYN visit can contribute to this. As a teen going through many changes, it is common to have questions and concerns about your body. Your gynecologist can provide advice and treatment for any issue that you have.

21 Reasons to See a Gynecologist
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County Obstetrics and Gynecology Group, P.C. is dedicated to caring for the special health needs of women of all ages, whether they are just entering puberty, expecting a baby, or navigating menopause.

Our warm and professional staff are trained to provide the highest quality of care to our patients, including adult and adolescent gynecology, gynecologic surgery, obstetrics, urogynecology, and gynecologic oncology.