Gynaecology: the facts

The term ‘gynaecology’ literally means ‘the science of women’. The word ‘gynaecology’ comes from the Greek word for ‘woman’, which is ‘gyne’, and the word for ‘study’, which is ‘logia’.

Incidentally, andrology is the study of medical issues specific to the male reproductive system.

What is gynaecology?

Gynaecology is a medical practice relating to the health of a woman’s genital and reproductive systems.

Organs included are:

The uterus, the cervix, the ovaries, the fallopian tubes and the vagina.

What is obstetrics?

Obstetrics is the field of medicine concentrated more on pregnancy and childbirth. As a medical speciality, obstetrics is very often combined with gynaecology under the discipline commonly known as obstetrics and gynaecology or ‘OB/GYN’ for short. Most modern gynaecologists are also obstetricians.

What can I expect during my visit?

During the first consultation with your gynaecologist, they will probably ask you some general questions about your health and the health of your family. They may also ask some very personal questions about your sex life and your menstruation.

What can I expect during an exam?

Your gynaecologist may wish to do a breast and/or pelvic exam. For a full pelvic exam, they will probably require you to put your feet up in stirrups so they can insert a speculum in order to see inside. This may feel a little uncomfortable at first but should not be painful. Let them know if it is as they should be able to adjust the size or position until you are comfortable. A pap test (or smear test) is a test that is used to screen for cervical cancer and will require the collection of cells from your cervix for testing.

It’s normal to feel a bit nervous about the exam. If you are feeling really uncomfortable, let them know as they should be able to help you relax and make you feel more comfortable.

London Female Gynaecologist, Miss Tania Adib specialises in diagnosing and treating gynaecological issues and she is an expert in gynaecological oncology. If you have any questions, doubts or concerns then please get in touch by calling 020 7881 4181 or ask Tania a question via the form below.