In medicine, breast health is an aspect of obstetrics and gynecology that addresses any health issue related to the breasts. It includes everything from sagging breasts and itching around the breasts to nipple tenderness and discharges. Mammograms, breast cancer treatments and cyst treatments are also included.
Breast health services are usually offered by medical providers who specialize in women’s health issues. Doctors who focus on women’s health are obstetricians and gynecologists. They’re typically referred to as OB-GYNs. Nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses may also focus on women’s health issues. Nurses that focus on this field of medicine often work with OB-GYNs.
Other doctors might offer breast health services, but doctors who don’t specialize in obstetrics and gynecology don’t have as much knowledge about women’s reproductive systems. OB-GYNs have completed multi-year residencies that focused exclusively on issues related to women’s reproductive systems. Since the breasts are part of a woman’s reproductive system, OB-GYNs are the most qualified doctors to diagnose and treat breast-related issues.
Many health insurance plans cover breast health services as long as the services are medically necessary. Cosmetic procedures aren’t covered as often. Because all health insurance policies have their own terms and conditions that govern the coverages they provide, women should check with their particular insurance provider to see what breast health services their plan covers.
When deciding whom to see for breast health services, women should seek out an OB-GYN who is licensed, board-certified and a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Licensure lets doctors practice medicine legally. Possessing board certification shows that doctors have demonstrated their expertise by passing an exam.
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