Post # 1
I’m hoping some physician/nursing bees can help me out here (before I call my doc tomorrow): Right now, I have a gyne (who actually just left the practice – I guess I don’t have him anymore) but no PCP. I am due to see a gyne for my yearly exam/BC renewal in August. Does anyone know if an internist would do that exam/write that script for me? I am not pregnant or planning to be pregnant soon, have no gynecological issues, etc. But I do know that I need to establish with a PCP and have a physical done there. I’d like to kill two birds with one stone if possible. Anyone have any insight for me?
Post # 3
I’m pretty sure an internist can do it.
Post # 4
Most will, but depending on what kind of practice you go to, they may want you to see an obgyn. If you go to a clinic with multiple doctors someone from the obgyn department may just write a refill for you until August.
Post # 5
I agree that a lot of docs will but I would make sure that the doctor knows what they are doing, don’t want to go through a pap and find out that they scraped the wrong area or something!
Post # 6
Yeah, the doc I am thinking about going to is in an internal medicine practice. I’m not due for another pap smear until 2014 so I’m good on that front. Basically, I want to go in for my physical and get my BC prescription refilled for another year as well.
Post # 7
@JeniRae: I’d just call in and explain that your gyn has now left the practice and you need to get in for your yearly physical and a BC Rx renewal. If it’s the same practice that your gyn left, they could even give you a little ‘refill/extender RX’ until you get in for your apt if your script is set to expire before your apointment.
FWIW, around here, general practitioners in family medicine do a lot of the well women exams, as do Nurse Practitioners. All of my BC scripts came from NPs that performed my paps/exams. The only time we see an ob/gyn is when there is a special health reason or a pregnancy. As long as you make known that whoever you meet with will need to renew your prescription, they should hook you up with the qualified med personnel.
Post # 8
Internal med or family practice can do your exam. My family practice doctor also does GYN so he sees us for everything from rountine checkups to deliverying my girls.
Post # 9
Thanks, everyone! The Bee knows everything! 😉
Post # 10
Yes. Every general practicioner’s office I have been to would prefer you do all of your wellness types of exams with them, including healthy pregnancy. You really only need a GYN or OB if you require a specialist.
Post # 11
I would just call the office you’re planning on going to and check to see if they do it just to be sure they’re doing it. If they don’t routinely do this they may not have the supplies or time scheduled into your visit to perform such an exam. Idk how other places are but all internists I’ve ever seen don’t do GYN issues, except UTI stuff.