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Information You Can Trust

Welcome to your new source for reliable, evidence-based health information. This website is powered by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the nation’s leading group of physicians dedicated to improving women’s health.

For more than 60 years, ACOG has written guidelines that obstetrician–gynecologists (ob-gyns) and other medical professionals use when taking care of women. Since this website comes from ACOG, it offers the latest information based on those guidelines. You can trust that the information you read here is supported by medical research and the everyday experiences of ob-gyns who have cared for millions of women.

This website is designed to help you learn about women's health, in a straightforward, easy-to-understand way. You can bring the information you learn here to your conversations with your ob-gyn – and become an empowered, active decision-maker in your own health care.

A note on language and gender: Although the term “women” is used in this website, ACOG recognizes that ob-gyns treat people of all gender identities, including people who are cisgender, transgender, gender non-binary, or otherwise gender expansive. ACOG believes all people should have access to respectful, high-quality, and safe health care. The use of the term "women" in this website is intended to be used inclusively.

About ACOG

ACOG is a professional membership organization that represents more than 60,000 ob-gyns, medical students, and other health care professionals. ACOG’s activities are designed to

  • maintain the highest standards of clinical practice for women’s health care

  • strongly advocate for quality health care for women

  • provide education for its members and the public

  • increase awareness of the changing issues facing women’s health care

ACOG is committed to changing the culture of medicine and taking action to address racism. Read ACOG’s commitment and action plan.

For more information on ACOG, please visit www.acog.org.

About Ob-Gyns

Ob-gyns are doctors who have special training and education in women’s health care. They are dedicated to the medical and surgical care of women’s health throughout the lifespan.

Ob-gyns who are members of ACOG are called Fellows or Junior Fellows. ACOG Fellows are ob-gyns who are board certified in obstetrics, gynecology, or both. They are identified by the initials FACOG after their name. ACOG Junior Fellows are ob-gyn residents or recent graduates of an approved residency program and not yet board certified.

Some ob-gyns have extra training in a focused area of women’s health care. These areas include:

  • Female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (focused on pelvic floor disorders, including pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence, and pelvic pain)

  • Gynecologic oncology (focused on cancers of the cervix, ovaries, uterus, vagina, and vulva)

  • Maternal-fetal medicine (focused on high-risk pregnancies)

  • Reproductive endocrinology and infertility (focused on the hormones of the reproductive system and helping women who have problems getting pregnant)

Funding

ACOG is a not-for-profit membership organization. This website is owned and operated by ACOG. AbbVie Inc. contributed funding to the launch of this health information website. Ongoing support for this website is provided by advertising revenue.

ACOG does not endorse companies or products. Any funding obtained from third parties does not influence the editorial content on this website.