Choosing a gynecologist, a doctor who specializes in women’s reproductive medicine, is an important undertaking. Use the tips below to find the best doctor for you.
- Ask around for a recommendation. You can ask your doctor and/or a woman whose opinion you trust.
- Find out where the doctor received his or her medical training and whether or not they’re board-certified in gynecology.
- During your first visit to the doctor, be sure to ask questions. After you visit take time to ask yourself the following questions:
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Is the doctor willing to take the time to explain things in a language you can understand? You should never feel silly for asking questions. If something is important to you, it should be important to your doctor.
1.Are you comfortable with this person?
2.Is he or she readily available to answer questions over the telephone? How accessible is he or she for appointments?
3.What hospital does this doctor have privileges at? Are these hospitals you are comfortable with? Does your insurance coverage include them?
4.Do you want to have a gynecologist as your primary caregiver? Keep this in mind when you are selecting your doctor. How much time you will be spending with this person may make a difference in your decision.
If you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant in the future, choosing a doctor whose views on prenatal care and childbirth go with yours are important. If you have a definite view about the type of birth you want find out now what your doctor recommends and what he or she will allow in the delivery room. Also, find out the answers to these questions.
Does your doctor rotate within a group?
How likely is it that he or she will be available for your delivery?