What is an ObGyn?

An ObGyn is a medical doctor who has done at least 5 years of specialty training beyond medical school to specialize in care of the female reproductive system.  To be called an ObGyn this adds up to 10 to 20 years of post-secondary education and practical experience.  The title is awarded by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  

An ObGyn is a trained expert in both medicine and surgery.   ObGyn’s are the experts in the anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive system.

This includes obstetrics: care of the pregnant woman and her fetus, including prenatal/childbirth/postpartum.  An obstetrician is able to care for every situation from low risk to high risk.  They are primary caregivers in this regard but also serve as consultants to low risk pregnancy care providers (midwives and family physicians) when that care becomes complicated.

This also includes gynaecology: care of the reproductive system, including preventative health/medical care/surgical care.  This care spans from childhood to old age, covering such care as sexuality, contraception, infertility, pain, prolapse, cancer.