Gynecology is the specialty of medicine that deals with women’s healthcare – through the reproductive and menopausal years to post menopause. It focuses on the female reproductive system, including the uterus, vagina and ovaries Many issues that gynecology encompasses include:

  • menstruation
  • menopause
  • hormonal issues
  • infertility
  • birth control
  • incontinence
  • gynecologic infections
  • breast, cervical and ovarian cancer

Gynecology is an important part of health care for women. Because routine gynecological care can help prevent illness and discomfort, lead to early detection of cancers, make pregnancy and childbirth easier, and detect infections and other conditions before they cause serious damage, it is important that a woman sees her gynecologist each year for her annual exam.