Lenox Hill Hospital
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Medical School - State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Doctor of Medicine
Women's Health refers to a field of medicine that focuses on the treatment and diagnosis of diseases and conditions that affect a woman's physical and emotional well-being. Specialists in Women's Health often work with doctors in other specialties on condition-oriented interdisciplinary teams to enhance collaboration, research, patient care and positive outcomes.
The medical field is not completely unified on the subject of Women’s Health as a specific medical specialty. In a recent survey some physicians stated that medicine was already providing comprehensive care equitably to both men and women. They argued that the creation of a new specialty would cause further division and segregation between the sexes.
However, there is ample evidence in medicine, R&D and drug development of profound male bias; it is indisputable that women face and experience unique and specific health issues throughout their lifetime that men will never encounter. Hence the evolution of “Women’s Health” as a “program-within-a-program” with specific disciplinary focus on issues that affect a woman’s health throughout her lifetime based on her age, lifestyle and genetic history.
The general field of Women’s Health can encompass a wide range of health care professionals. Each specialist may play a unique or collaborative role in caring for female patients:
Women’s Health Specialties
The wide range of training, specialization and overlap can also make things a little confusing. A woman’s Primary Care provider may be an Internist, a Family Medicine Doctor or her Ob/Gyn. If there are no pressing health concerns or specific gynecologic complaints, then it may be easier for a woman to see just one doctor.
Should feminine health concerns become atypical, or more serious, then it may be preferable to be under the care of a Women’s Health specialist who is already familiar with her gynecologic medical history and the treatment options and advances in that field.
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