Searching For a New Ob-Gyn or Gynecologist? Keep These Expert-Approved Tips in Mind
If one of your goals is to stop putting off annual exams, finding a medical professional that you trust with your health (and feel comfortable speaking with!) is key for success. But choosing an ob-gyn or a gynecologist can sometimes feel like a daunting task - especially if you are looking for a professional with a certain speciality or have never had a pap smear before.
To help bring ease and clarity to the process, we interviewed an ob-gyn and a gynecologist for their best tips for patients looking for a doctor to turn to with all their vaginal, reproductive, and sexual health concerns.
Ensure You Feel Comfortable Sharing Medical Information With the Doctor
According to Taraneh Shirazian, MD, a gynecologist at NYU Langone Health, it's important to find a doctor that you feel fully comfortable speaking to and sharing all your medical details with - in order to get the most out of your visits.
"It's just going to benefit the ability of that provider to diagnose you, to treat you, and to provide you with sort of the best therapy and choices," Dr. Shirazian said.
On the flip side, your doctor should also make you feel heard, respected, and understood when you're speaking and should be willing and able to answer your questions.
Dr. Shirzain said it's really all about finding that patient-doctor rapport. So if you don't feel like you're getting that out of your appointment, think about continuing your search.
Consider a Specialist
If you have a specific gynecological concern - like PCOS, endometriosis, or fibroids, for example - Dr. Shirazian said it might be helpful to look for a doctor who specializes in that clinical area. Many doctors typically have these specialities listed in their professional profiles on their practice's website or on platforms like Zocdoc.