A physician who specializes in providing health services for women.

Gynecologists can diagnose and treat problems related to the female reproductive system. They can also prescribe birth control and other medications when necessary.

Regular gynecological examinations play an important role in overall health. According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, all sexually active women should schedule regular Pap smears and pelvic examinations with their physicians every two to three years.