Common Questions and Answers Q&A about OBGYN and Gynecologist

What is an Ob-gyn?

An Ob-gyn is a doctor who has been trained in both the fields of obstetrics and gynecology, which means that they have expertise in childbirth, pregnancy and all aspects related to the female reproductive system. Dr. Anucha in Bakersfield, California has been trained in both fields of obstetrics and gynecology.

What is the difference between an Ob-gyn and Gynecologist?

A gynecologist is a doctor that specializes in female reproductive health and who can answer questions related to the female reproductive system. An Ob-gyn is trained in both obstetrics and gynecology which means that they not only offer services related to the female reproductive system in general, but they also specialize in the services related to pregnancy and childbirth.

What services does a Gynecologist perform?

A gynecologist in Bakersfield performs a wide range of services including preventive care such as:


  •        Pap smears – cells are collected from the neck region or cervix of the uterus for testing for abnormalities which could indicate the presence of cervical cancer.
  •        STI tests – tests done to check for the presence of sexually transmitted diseases which would then need to be treated.
  •        Pelvic examinations – when a doctor exams the female reproductive organs, including the vulva, vagina, cervix, uterus, and ovaries to check for any abnormalities.
  •        Blood work – a doctor can suggest blood tests to check for such things as anemia, hormone imbalances or even diabetes.
  •        Ultrasounds – these tests can be done to look for ovarian cysts and also to check on the development of a fetus during pregnancy.

When do I know I need to see a Gynecologist?

The first visit to a gynecologist is recommended for girls that are between the ages of 13 and 15. The gynecologist can also answer questions regarding sexual health at this time. Adolescents and adult woman definitely need to visit a gynecologist particularly if sexually active. Regardless of sexual activity, a pap test needs to be done routinely to check for cervical cancer. It is recommended that a pap test be done every three years for women between the ages of 21 and 65. Any sexual problems or problems that a woman notices with her reproductive system should be discussed with the gynecologist. Issues of fertility can also be discussed during a visit and screening for STIs can be done as well.

What does Obstetrics mean?

Obstetrics is the area of medicine that is specifically related to pregnancy and childbirth, as well as the post-partum time after birth. An obstetrician can provide advice on prenatal care, and check on the development of the fetus and health of both fetus and the mother. Obstetricians also help with the labor and delivery of the baby.

What should I do to prepare to see a Gynecologist?

Before your appointment you can shower and wash but only use soap and water and avoid any powders since these could impact any test results. You are also very likely to be asked to provide a urine sample at the start of the appointment, and the doctor may ask you to have blood tests done. You need to also have a list of all the medications you are currently taking and be prepared to fill in paperwork and provide information on your current and past medical conditions. It is also a good idea to go in the middle of the menstrual cycle and avoid having intercourse at least two days before the scheduled appointment.

How often do I need to see a Gynecologist?

It is suggested that a woman should definitely see a gynecologist once a year if between 21 and 29 years of age in order to get a pelvic exam and a pap test done if recommended. It is also recommended that teenagers also visit a gynecologist for a checkup and to get helpful information. The doctor can also answer any questions that the teen may have. The visits also often include a well-woman exam which includes a breast exam in addition to the pelvic exam, and a general discussion in which a woman or teen can bring up any concerns they have.

Do I need to be referred by my primary doctor?

You may need a referral to see a gynecologist but this will depend on what type of medical insurance plan you have, so you should first check with the insurer to find out what steps are needed else the insurance may not cover the visit. There are many Ob-gyns in the Bakersfield area that a patient can be referred to for treatment.

What are the best steps to finding a Gynecologist in Bakersfield?

The first step to take is to establish which doctors and specialists you can see under your health insurance plan, since sometimes you are required to select a provider based on a list of doctors. The next step is to ask around to see which gynecologists have a good reputation or which your friends have used and would recommend.  If a referral is needed because of your insurance plan, then you can also ask the advice of your primary care physician.

Is Bakersfield a good place to look for a Gynecologist?

Bakersfield, California has many gynecologists and other doctors available and therefore it is a good place for a woman to find a gynecologist that she will be happy with.

What are some of the important medical institutions around Bakersfield that Dr. Anucha is affiliated with?

Dr. Anucha and his office in Bakersfield is affiliated with the following medical institutions:

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