Choosing A Gynecologist

A woman’s gynecologist should be someone they are able to have a comfortable relationship with. This is most likely be her most intimate doctor and should be on she can easily communicate with.

Women will see their gynecologist at least once a year. At their visit, they will probably have a Pap smear, vaginal exam, breast exam and discuss intimate issues such as their sex life, birth control, menopause, and hormones. In the case of abnormal Pap smears, abnormal mammograms, or other female related health issues, this is the doctor that will be by a woman’s side to get her though them. As you can see, it is crucial to have someone she is comfortable with.

When looking for a new gynecologist, women will want to take their time and possibly talk to a few before deciding. Some women will only have a female gynecologist, while others don’t care what gender their doctor is as long as they are kind, gentle, and understanding.

Referrals are often the best way to get started on your search. Ask female family members, friends, and co-workers who their gynecologist is and if they would recommend them.

Most all gynecologists will set up consultation appointments. They understand that many women will want to meet in an office setting before heading to an exam room. Show up to your consultation with a list of questions you want to ask. Your questions may include:

- What types of birth control does the doctor prefer?

- Will you see the doctor during your visits, or a practitioner?

- What hospital does the doctor use?

- Does the office accept your type of insurance coverage?

Ask as many questions as you need to have answered in order to make a decision, and make sure you are comfortable with the answers. If anything about the doctor, or their office, makes you uncomfortable it probably isn’t the best place for you. Visit, and interview others until you find the right fit.
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