Choosing a Gynecologist is a very delicate decision for most women, and it’s really no surprise when you consider that this physician will be guiding you through some of the most important decisions in your life – from selecting medications, to guiding you through pregnancy (in the case of OB/GYN). Your selection will depend on myriad factors including experience, convenience, bedside manner, health insurance, and general viewpoints and values.
You don’t have to dread your yearly Gynecological exams. Selecting a Gynecologist with whom you feel comfortable is essential. Open two-way communication is key when discussing intimate (and sometimes uncomfortable) subject matter. Typically, topics of conversation include sexual issues, concerns about your periods, birth control methods, breast exams, vaccine and medical history, and your number of sexual partners (both past and current).1 The best care is offered when you divulge the most honest answers. Don’t settle for a physician that is anything less than considerate, compassionate, or impartial. While your Gynecologists views may differ from your own, they should guide you toward the best advice for your health, first and foremost.
Some women will feel more comfortable with a female physician who may be able to better empathize with their personal concerns. Additionally, many cultural and religious restrictions will recommend selecting someone of the same gender. A statistic supporting this was recently published in a 2018 article by NPR; 82 percent of doctors matching into OB-GYN residency programs nationwide are women.2 However, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to be a woman to understand anatomy – and male doctors are just as qualified to offer professional treatment as their female counterparts.
If you’re searching high and low for the ideal Gynecologist for you, start by asking around; it’s always favorable when friends and family sing the praises of a doctor’s qualifications and warm bedside manner. You may also want to do some due diligence of your own. Do your homework on Google and Yelp, as well as sites with a medical focus – such as Vitals, HealthGrades, RateMDs, ZocDoc.3 Be weary of complaints about poor office environments, ease of scheduling, trustworthiness, and long wait times.
Do you intend on having children, or do they fit into your five-year plan? If so, you may want to become acquainted with an OB/GYN, who specializes in both Obstetrics and Gynecology. These doctors will be knowledgeable about woman’s reproductive health, care during pregnancy, as well as delivery.1 Fiscal convenience, is also a concern. It’s always best to confirm that a physician accepts your insurance before making an appointment to avoid any large out-of-pocket fees for non-affiliated doctors.4 If they’re affiliated with a prestigious hospital that is convenient for you, or have been published in any medical journals, those are all added benefits.5
Dr. Nisseth Urribarri and the experienced staff at Unique Wellness Center in Coral Springs, FL offer comprehensive women’s care – diagnosing and treating a wide variety of Gynecological issues, including irregular periods, infertility, and Menopause. They also specialize in Obstetric education and patient support to make your feel at ease during some of life’s most important milestones. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 954-368-9656.