A woman’s relationship with her gynecologist is personal and intimate in a different way than many other doctor-patient relationships. In order to receive the best care for your sexual and reproductive health, you need to find a gynecologist who makes you feel like you’re in safe and expert hands at every appointment.
If you’re about to go to the gynecologist for the first time or have decided to search for a new one, here are some tips to help you make the right choice:
Start by getting recommendations and following up with your own research.
The best way to find a gynecologist you can trust is to ask people who you already trust—such as your primary doctor, mother, sister, or female friend—for referrals. Once you have a few names, you should vet them yourself online. Pay special attention to the reviews they get and comments patients leave about their experience. Don’t forget to check that they accept your insurance as well.
Consider what your needs are.
Rather than settling for the first gynecologist in your area who takes your insurance, look for somebody with experience or who specializes in areas that are important to you and your health specifically. Think about any issues or conditions you manage and goals you have related to your reproductive health.
Are you looking to get pregnant in the next few years? Or concerned about safe abortion access? Worried about a family history of cervical cancer? Prioritize finding a gynecologist with expertise in the subjects that are most relevant and concerning to you, so you’ll know they’ll be able to meet your most sensitive needs.
Above all else, choose a gynecologist who makes you feel at ease.
If you don’t feel comfortable talking to your gynecologist about intimate topics, such as birth control, menstruation, sex, etc., then you’re not going to be getting the quality women’s healthcare you need and deserve. Find someone who shares your same values, treats you with compassion and understanding, and makes you feel like you can talk about anything without being judged. Open and honest communication with your gynecologist is essential for the sake of your health.
At South Avenue Women’s Services, our mission is to provide expert, compassionate, and confidential ongoing care for every woman from the moment you walk through our doors until even after you have left. Our medical professionals are here to support you with all of the essential OBGYN services you need for your reproductive health and wellness.
To learn more about the services we offer or make an appointment, contact one of our team members today!