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OBGYN Specialist

Dekalb OB/GYN Affiliates

Board Certified OB/GYN located in Decatur, GA

Your OB/GYN helps to ensure the most personal parts of your body remain healthy, so it’s important to see a physician with whom you feel comfortable. Shirley Rigaud-Echols, MD, and the all-female team at Dekalb OB/GYN Affiliates, located in Decatur, Georgia, go above and beyond to make women feel informed and empowered about their reproductive health. If you’re looking for a knowledgeable and compassionate OB/GYN, call the office, or book an appointment online today.

OBGYN Q & A

What is an OB/GYN?

An OB/GYN, or obstetrician-gynecologist, is a physician who specializes in all aspects of women’s health, including pregnancy, childbirth, and disorders that affect the female reproductive system.

The team at Dekalb OB/GYN Affiliates provides comprehensive care for women at all stages of life, from adolescence through your reproductive years and beyond menopause.

What conditions does an OB/GYN treat?

The team at Dekalb OB/GYN Affiliates treats a broad range of problems that affect women’s health. Common gynecologic conditions include:

  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Pelvic pain
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Infertility
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Hormonal disorders like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and vaginal discomfort

Additionally, the team at Dekalb OB/GYN Affiliates provides routine medical services and preventive care, including well-woman exams, cancer screening, and STD testing.

What tests and procedures can an OB/GYN perform?

The skilled providers at Dekalb OB/GYN Affiliates perform a variety of procedures in-office or at the hospital. Common gynecologic procedures and tests include:

  • Pelvic exams
  • Pap smears to screen for cervical cancer
  • Clinical breast exams
  • Mammograms
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Cesarean sections
  • Hysterectomy
  • Myomectomy
  • Pelvic ultrasounds
  • Infertility treatments and counseling

If you need surgery, the team at Dekalb OB/GYN Affiliates uses minimally invasive techniques like laparoscopy whenever possible.

When should I see an OB/GYN?

You should get a well-woman exam at least once a year starting around age 13. Well-woman exams help establish a strong relationship between you and your provider at Dekalb OB/GYN Affiliates and play an important role in preventive care.

Other reasons to see an OB/GYN include:

  • Finding out you’re pregnant
  • Having trouble getting pregnant after one year of trying or six months if you’re over 35
  • Experiencing unusual symptoms like vaginal discharge, heavy bleeding, or pelvic pain
  • Having unprotected sex
  • Finding out your partner has an STD

Anytime you’re concerned about your reproductive health, the skilled team at Dekalb OB/GYN Affiliates is there for you.

For personalized OB/GYN care, call Dekalb OB/GYN Affiliates, or book an appointment online today.