Deciding which doctor you need to see for a particular health issue isn’t always clear. You probably already have a primary care provider who is a generalist and can treat a wide variety of conditions, and they can also refer you to specialists for more specific needs.
But what about issues that affect women in particular? Although primary care providers do have general knowledge about reproductive health needs and women’s health care issues, women may prefer to visit an expert gynecologist for most of their care.
At McDowell Mountain Gynecology, we provide a wide range of health services while maintaining a focus on your gynecological needs. Here are three reasons why we think it’s a great idea to have an expert gynecologist on your team.
Although primary care providers can complete general gynecological services such as routine exams, STD screenings, and Pap smears, if the issue becomes more complicated (for instance if the Pap smear is abnormal), you will be referred to a gynecologist anyway.
Why not just start there when it comes to gynecological exams and issues? That way, you’re completely comfortable that your doctor can handle whatever issue might arise.
Your relationship with your gynecologist may last for most of your life. Building this kind of relationship with your doctor means they can provide custom, specific care to you because they are familiar with your medical history and know your many individual needs.
Though your gynecologist is not a primary care provider, they are familiar with common medical issues such as hypertension and diabetes. This allows them to be an advocate for your overall health and well-being and to provide an informed perspective on how health issues like these can affect your reproductive health.
Gynecologists don’t just handle health care related to reproductive care — they can answer more intimate questions as well, such as questions about which form of birth control might be best for you, or why intercourse is painful for you, or how you can take advantage of their vaginal revitalization services.
Having an expert who can skillfully navigate these issues is an invaluable help to a woman who is struggling in these areas.
If you need to get an expert gynecologist on your team, call the office at McDowell Mountain Gynecology, or use our online scheduler to book your own appointment. We would love to be your gynecologist for life!