Most of my female friends and family admit to feeling a little nervous or awkward when they go to see their OB-Gyn, especially when seeing that person for the first time! I get it. After all, these are personal and sensitive topics that aren’t always the easiest to talk about. However, seeing an OB-Gyn or midwife is a very important part of maintaining your overall health, so it is worth it to find someone who helps you feel at ease.
If you’ve never been to an OB-Gyn before, or if you are looking for a new doctor, it is normal to wonder how to make the most of your first visit. Here are some great questions to ask your new OB-Gyn:
What to ask your new OB-Gyn
1. What exams or tests do I need to have?
The types of exams and tests that are needed routinely vary depending on your age and other risk factors. In general, we recommend regular breast and pelvic exams after age 21 and yearly mammogram screening starting at age 40, but talk with your doctor about your individual situation and what is recommended for you.
2. What health issues can you help me with?
OB-Gyns are specialists in women’s health, although we do often help patients with more “general” topics and preventative services. OB-Gyns are very comfortable discussing any topics that pertain to general women’s health, contraception and family planning, problems related to menstrual cycles, hormonal issues and menopausal transition, and sexual health. Don’t worry – whatever you feel is too embarrassing to ask – it is 100% ok!
3. Do you practice obstetrics, gynecology, or both?
Most OB-Gyns practice both obstetrics (medical care during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period) as well as gynecology (women’s health issues, especially pertaining to the reproductive system). However, some OB-Gyns choose to limit their practice to just one area of their specialty. Asking this question early on can help you be sure you are seeing someone who will be able to meet your needs for now and the future.
4. If I need tests, can I do them here?
Often your OB-Gyn may ask you to have tests, such as bloodwork or urine tests, or imaging like an ultrasound or a mammogram. Ask if those kinds of services can be done at your OB-Gyn’s clinic. If you don’t have to make several appointments at other locations, the added convenience and time saved can make a big difference.
5. Will I see you every time I come in?
Many OB-Gyn practices have multiple doctors and practitioners, or at least may have other doctors covering for them at certain times (for emergencies, holidays, etc). Depending on the reason for your visits, you may see the same OB-Gyn for every appointment or have the option to see someone else from their team.
Take charge of your health
As OB-Gyns, we understand that it can feel awkward to open up to a new doctor about the kinds of sensitive topics we deal with every day. Choosing an OB-Gyn you feel comfortable with can make a big difference in your health and well-being.
Premier OB-Gyn is accepting new patients in both our Maitland, FL and Oviedo, FL locations. We would be happy to see you! Please call 321-397-1212 or visit www.premierob-gyn.com to book your appointment.