DEAR DR. OWEN:
I don’t want to become pregnant, so why should I see an OBGYN doctor?
It may seem as if an OBGYN doctor only delivers babies – and we do deliver a lot, more than 20,000 at Fort Sanders Women’s Specialists so far – but the OBGYN physicians at our practice do more than just deliver babies. We provide comprehensive, long term care for women of all ages so we can manage the different medical issues that arise through all stages of a woman’s life.
While you may not need to see an OBGYN doctor regularly if you don’t have a concerning gynecological issue, it is recommended that you at least schedule an annual pelvic exam.
Every woman should receive a pelvic exam as soon as she becomes sexually active, regardless of age. A pelvic exam assesses all the organs – vulva, uterus, cervix, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and bladder – for signs of disease and changes in size or shape.
In addition, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommend every woman get her first pap smear test at 21 years old and continue every 3 years until age 29. Women 30-65 years old should get a pap smear and HPV test every 5 years. A pap smear is used to test the cells in the cervix for any changes that could lead to cancer.
At some practices, like Fort Sanders Women’s Specialists, the doctors complete extensive training to sub-specialize in different areas of women’s health like laparoscopic and robotic surgery, vaginal rejuvenation, and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
So whether you’re planning to become pregnant or not, almost all obstetrical and gynecological conditions can be treated within our practice. We welcome you to learn more about our practice and to trust your care to us.
About Dr. Owen, OBGYN Doctor:
Dr. David Owen is a great asset to our team, as he contributes more than 30 years of expertise in women’s health. Dr. Owen has served women throughout East Tennessee since 1980 and joined Fort Sanders Women’s Specialists in 2009 as one of the founding members. Since practicing medicine in Knoxville, he has delivered more than 8,000 babies! As a testimony to the excellent care he provides his patients, Dr. Owen is now caring for the 4th generation of some of his earliest patients. Dr. Owen embraces the philosophy of comprehensive long term care to manage the different medical issues that arise through all stages of a woman’s life. He says the best part of practicing medicine is the opportunity to assist his patients through the various phases of their reproductive life.
Dr. Owen specializes in:
- General gynecology and obstetrics
- Menopause and hormone management
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Abnormal bleeding
- In-office saline infusion sonohysteroscopy
- Laparoscopic procedures
For more information about Dr. Owen, please click here to see his profile. He is accepting new patients, and you can make an appointment with him by calling the office at (865) 331-1122.
Disclaimer: please note that this information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as medical advice. If you have a specific medical question or issue, we encourage you to call our office at (865) 331-1122 and schedule an appointment.