Choosing the Right OB/Gyn
Questions to ask before picking an OB.
Whatever phase of life a woman is in, from her teens to menopause, she's likely to have intimate discussions with her gynecologist or obstetrician. Finding a doctor you trust isn't always easy. And when you move or your health insurance changes, finding a new doctor can be tricky and time-consuming.
Physicians who specialize in obstetrics and gynecology are focused on women's health, including prenatal care and birth. Many insurance plans allow women to select an obstetrician-gynecologist as their primary care doctor. Other plans, though, require your primary care doctor to be an internist or general practitioner, and require you to get a referral in order to see an ob-gyn.
Your Values or Mine?
Before choosing a new doctor, consider the results of a new study reported in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. Researchers found that how your health care provider lives her own life affects the medical care you receive -- and perhaps even the suggestions you get about contraception. Erica Frank, M.D., M.P.H., of Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, examined contraceptive use by female physicians. One of Frank's findings was that female physicians were more likely to delay their pregnancies, and were more likely than women in the general population to use contraceptives.