Women’s health care can be unique and sometimes Gynecologists is needed, but for many things the Primary Care Physician is the better choice than going to a specialist. And as any woman who has ever been to a Gynecologist’s office knows, it can be frustrating. There are often long waits and delays because of the unpredictability of a baby being born.
What kind of women’s health care is available?
There is great value in establishing a long-term relationship with your primary care doctor for long-term women’s health and wellness. Additionally, having one doctor long-term is key to spotting conditions as they emerge and allows a rapid response.
Areas of Care Primary Care Physicians Can Manage for Women:
- Well-woman check-ups – General healthcare for women cover a broad set of topics involving the female reproductive system, most commonly is annual pap smears and STD screening and management. Additionally, there are immunizations available as well that your GP can talk through with you to see if you are a candidate.
- Menopause – Your Primary Care Physician can also address hormonal issues and help work with patients as they go through menopause and help with related issues. In fact, the Primary Care Physician often can help with weight and metabolism issues associated with menopause far easier than a typical Gynecologist.
- Family planning – Primary Care Physicians can help work with patients and couples to find the best method of birth control that works for the couple and their lifestyle. The Primary Care Doctor will also have a medical overview that a Gynecologist won’t, and it makes them better prepared to assess the woman’s overall health.
Your Primary Care Physician may also have a Gynecologist on staff to help with more complex female issues. Adding that level of care to the practice is often a big help to patients that transcends convenience. The continuity of care between the Primary Care Physician and the in-practice Gynecologist creates an unprecedented level of care for female patients.
Additionally, the Primary Care Physician can order screenings and handle the management of STDs and the related issues that accompany them. STDs can impact all aspects of the patient’s care, and there is no better way to handle this than to consult with you GP first and allow them to help you decide the best path for treatment or keeping complications in remission.
As with many issues, female problems may come from not one primary female issue, but a chronic disease issue, making the need for the primary care doctor to help with well visits and female care management. Doing this from inside one practice elevates the level of care the patient receives.