Caring for the parts of the body that women have and men don’t is known as gynecology. It is just one of the areas in medicine that some doctors choose to specialize in, but just like in the whole of the medical world, there have been gynecology advancements in the last 20 years. Some of the new innovations have made a huge difference to the treatment of women.
Better Screening For Cancers And STI’s
Sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) and cancers both respond better to treatment the earlier they are found. Better screening programs, improved equipment and testing methods and a different attitude from women has made big inroads into these two aspects of gynecology. Tests are not so invasive as they used to be, and the results are returned much quicker. This has meant that women are happier to be checked out, and this together with the fact that today’s women do not get so embarrassed over their ‘private parts’ where doctors are concerned, has meant that more women than ever undergo these tests.
Treating Cervical Cancers
Advancements in the treatment of cervical cancer include platinum/taxane combination chemotherapy, very aggressive surgical cytoreduction and minimally invasive or robotic surgery. These are just some of the things that have resulted in more women surviving cervical cancers. None of this would have been possible without the technological advancements and the very highly trained gynaecologists to use it. With improved treatments for the menopause, minimally invasive hysterectomies, and fertility preservation for cancer patients being just a few more of the advancements of the last 20 years, women’s health has improved overall.
Training to Be a Gynecologist
To train to be a gynecologist you first of all have to have a medical degree, and this usually takes four years. If you decide to practice gynecology, the next four years will be spent learning about female reproductive organs and their issues. You become an expert in pregnancy, menopause and all the other problems women suffer. Then you have to decide if you want to specialize in pregnancies and births, diagnosing and treating cancers or infertility problems. It takes a further four years to get your fellowship in whichever you decide on. That is 12 years of training in total, and if you are wondering how much does a gynecologist make a year after all of this, the current average is $204,000.
A Fulfilling Career
Most gynecologists will tell you that it is a very fulfilling career, and very few ever regret choosing it as their specialty. The advancements in treatments and new innovations in testing and equipment have made it a different profession to 20 years ago. Fewer women die in childbirth, more women survive cervical cancers, and new fertility treatments have meant that more women are able to have their own children. Of course there are still the sad stories where women cannot be helped, but hopefully technology in gynecology will continue to evolve and more women will receive successful treatments.