Post # 1
Thanks to Obamacare I can finally afford insurance to go to the doctor outside of the school clinic at my university. I’m about to start setting my appointment for a wellness visit but I’m unsure if I need to set one for a Gynecologist only or do I need a Primary as well. Do you have only one doctor or two? Can you explain why?
Post # 3
@MrsVMT: In Canada you would attend your family practice physician. You need a referral to see any specialist, gynecologists included. If the family doctor has any concerns,she would refer you to an OB/GYN.
Post # 4
I have both. I see my gynecologist every year but I haven’t been to see the primary Dr in years because I haven’t needed to. But I like having one just in case something comes up.
Post # 5
@MrsVMT: I have multiples due to an illness but in general care I see them on a rotation as they are in the same small practice. I see my OB/GYN every 3 years and my PA the other 2 years for wellness appointments. They can both do the same wellness, except my PA doesnt handle pap smears and stuff so I just switch off between them.
Post # 6
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My OB/GYN does my annual well woman but it’s mainly because I was treated for cervical cancer over the last year so I see hm 3-4 times a year. I only see my primary care when I have general complaints or a cold. With my PPO health insurance I can see any specialist whenever I want but other than my OB I have only ever seen a dermatologist in the past two years.
Post # 7
I have more than two doctors as they specialize in different things. I have seen a gyn once, and he just sent me to a different specialist. I would no longer be considered his patient. For a while I was regularly going to a clinic that was only walk-in that was limited to certain people. I would see a particular doctor there and depending on my schedule I would still go there once I had an official family doctor, so I had 2 GPs I would see regularly.
I see my GP/family doctor for physicals. I don’t make any appointment called a yearly wellness visit.
Post # 8
@eeniebeans: Foes your gynecologist do routine preventitive care, like sending you for bloodwork to test vitamin levels, sugar, cholesterol, etc?
Post # 9
It depends on how much my digestive track hates me if I see more then one doctor on a regular bases. But right at this moment I have one Family Doctor and I will probably start seeing an gyno once the summer come because I usually like to go once a year because of my birth control.
Post # 10
Being pregnant is the first time I’ve actually seen a gyno. Before now I’ve always gone to an internist who was my pcp and also did my annual exam. To tell the truth I hate going to the dr and being told “we’ll you should ask your pcp about that”. Like I want to go to yet another appt! So I prefer to have a pcp do my annuals. That bring said I don’t have any issues that would make me need to see a gyno
Post # 11
@MrsVMT: My PCP does not do vaginal exams or pap smears so I see him and then also my gynecologist once a year.
Post # 12
@AB Bride: I’m not sure this will be my first time going
Post # 13
I see a gyn for the yearly lady things and a regular doctor for any other issues. I don’t go in for a yearly physical with my regular doctor though, but usually I see him mutiple times per year anyway due to my hypertension.
@MrsVMT: You’ll probably want to see a regular doctor if you want bloodwork and things like that done.
Post # 14
@MrsVMT: I have more than two doctors (but I have some chronic health issues, so they are mostly specialists). My primary care doctor does my pap smear, but if I had a gynecologist, I guess I’d have them do it (I have a reproductive endocrinologist, and I’ve had issues in teh past if she does my pap smear. While she technically IS a gyno, she specializes in reproductive endocrinology). I like having a primary care doc who I can go to if I am dealing with some general health problem (like bronchitis or whatever). I also use him to coordinate all of my care.
Post # 15
I have a general practitioner, gynecologist, GI doctor, and sports medicine doctor! Ask your GP if you should see a gyno for your annual exam, and they can refer you to someone if so.
Post # 16
@MrsVMT: My primary care doctor will do paps and everything for me, so currently, I only see her (once a year for a check up + if I get sick). At one point, I had an abnormal pap so I made an appt with a gynecologist, but since they came back normal after that, I just switched back to using her. It’s easy – she writes my BC prescription – and it’s all done within one appt. My gynecologist was insane – you would have to call MONTHS in advance to get an appointment. My primary doctor is the only doctor in her practice and she will always see you the day of if you’re sick!