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What Is a Gynecology Hospital?

A gynecology hospital is a specialty hospital where the focus is on treatment of gynecological conditions, from sexual dysfunction to ovarian cancer. Some also offer obstetrical services, including management of high risk pregnancies as well as routine labor and delivery. Such facilities can be attached to a larger hospital or may run as standalone entities. In both cases, the gynecology hospital offers a very high standard of care through care providers who focus solely on gynecological issues, including doctors in a variety of specialties, along with nurses and technicians.

One facet of a gynecology hospital is fertility treatment. Patients who have trouble getting pregnant or carrying pregnancies to term may go to the hospital to receive evaluations, including checks for physical or hormonal anomalies that might make pregnancy challenging, as well as genetic screening. Patients who need assistance with reproduction can receive fertility treatment and followups at the hospital, including delivery of their babies in the event of a successful pregnancy.

Sexual health is also an area of practice at a gynecology hospital. This includes routine exams for patients who want screening for sexually transmitted infections as well as counseling on birth control and family planning. Patients can receive treatment for sexually transmitted infections as well as issues like sexual dysfunction. The gynecology hospital may also offer options like psychotherapy for patients who want to work through trauma related to sexual assault and rape.

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Cancers and other disorders of the reproductive tract also fall within the scope of a gynecology hospital. Patients can access various treatments, from surgery to address uterine prolapse to cancer therapy for ovarian, uterine, and vaginal cancers. The hospital may offer these treatments on site or have a partnership with another medical facility where patients can access these services from familiar care providers with privileges in the other hospital.

Such facilities often focus on continuity of care and coordinated care. Patients may be assigned a care coordinator when they first seek treatment so they have a consistent point of contact at the hospital. This person can help schedule appointments, manage concerns about insurance, communicate with the patient about ongoing medical issues, and offer advice and assistance to patients who need help with things like finding temporary housing to use during cancer treatments if they are traveling from out of the area. Social workers and nurses commonly work as care coordinators and typically handle a number of patients simultaneously.

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