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3 Things To Consider When Choosing A New Gynecologist To Work With

by Valerie Stevens

Are you looking for a new gynecologist to meet your long-term needs? Here are three important considerations to make when comparing options and choosing a new doctor to work with:

Appointment Availability

One of the most important things to consider when comparing potential gynecologists is appointment availability. While some doctors may offer same day appointments, other might be backed up for months at a time. When consulting with potential gynecologists, ask them about their usual availability and how long in advance you'll be expected to call to schedule check-ups when you need them.

It's also important to find out how follow-ups are handled. If you have to go back to get the results of tests or to follow-up on a treatment, will you wait a week or a month before you'll be scheduled to meet again? The idea is to make sure that a basic test doesn't end up taking months to complete just because of poor availability at your gynecologist's office.

Network Options

Finding out about network options is also essential when choosing a new gynecologist to work with. If you end up with a health problem that requires specialized care, your gynecologist should have a network of experts available to refer you to so you don't have to search for a care provider yourself.

A gynecologist who works with a network of other specialists and experts will be able to close the communication gaps and ensure that whoever cares for you has all the information they need to come up with optimal treatment options for you to choose from. They'll send all of your records to the networked care providers you work with and be able to step in when more insight is needed.

Pregnancy Care

Because your gynecologist has a clear picture of your reproductive health due to providing you with regular care, it's important that they are a part of your prenatal care team if you become pregnant. Make sure that the gynecologist you choose to work with has extensive experience taking care of pregnant women and is willing to work with your regular doctor throughout your pregnancy. Your gynecologist should be able to fax over check-up information, health reports, and anything else your regular doctor needs to ensure that everyone is always on the same page as your pregnancy progresses.  

With the help of these considerations, you should find it easy to determine which gynecologists you consult with will be able to meet your needs and expectations as time goes on.