What is a Gynaecologist?
The gynaecologist is a woman’s go-to doctor for anything related to her reproductive health. They specialize in caring for you from the time you get your first period all the way until post-menopause, which means they have experience with everything that happens along this journey!
What exactly does a gynaecologist do?
A gynaecologist is a medical specialist who specialises in women’s health, particularly the female reproductive system. From treating Menopause to pelvic exams, cervical screening tests, cancer screenings, diagnosis and treatment for vaginal infections are among the reproductive and sexual health treatments provided by gynaecologists. Furthermore, contraception counselling, Endometriosis, infertility, ovarian cysts, and pelvic pain are among the reproductive system illnesses they identify and treat.
What is the difference between an Obstetrician & a Gynaecologist?
Women’s needs for healthcare vary throughout life and it is important to see a female doctor when you are experiencing certain conditions or issues. The difference between a gynaecologist and an obstetrician often confuses patients who are unsure which doctor to go to. Though both professions have distinctive roles, they do overlap in some cases- for example when it comes time for surgery or if there are concerns over pregnancy-related issues such as high blood pressure levels arising from placental problems during the delivery process.
An obstetrician is a doctor who specializes in all aspects of pregnancy. Obstetricians are the go-to for all things related to pregnancy and childbirth. They specialize in delivering babies, but can also provide guidance on how best to navigate the pregnancy with your health care provider by monitoring vital signs like blood pressure, growth of the fetus, gestational diabetes & mothers general well being including mental health.
A gynaecologist on the other hand is a medical professional that specializes in all things related to females’ reproductive health. They diagnose and treat Menopause, Pelvic pain, Endometriosis, polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), abnormal pap smears and can perform Contraception counselling, to name a few.
In Australia, in order to maintain a high standard of care, all medical specialists must go through RANZCOG (Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology) to gain accreditation. The doctors in this program are required to train both in obstetrics and gynaecology. Trainees undertake their training at some of the countries biggest territory hospitals such as Mercy Hospital for Women in Heidelberg.
Dr Caroline Hoggenmueller is both an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist. She is an accredited Fellow with the College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists as well as a member of the Australasian Menopause Society.