Post # 30
Thanks bees, this is really helpful. My doc wants me to get a pap sometime before july, and I was wondering if I should ask her to do it since I think she’s also specializes in womens care, or if I should ask for an obgyn referral. I cant help but feel a little weirded out by the idea that the doc who treats my illnesses and infections and whatever else also is the doc who sees my lady bits!
Is it uncomfortable at all to have the same doc for both? Im worried I’ll feel awkward around my doc if I go that route.
That’s true, I am little surprised that docs do it here and not nurses, since nurses do everything from ekgs to looking down your throat and in your ears.
Post # 32
Good point- I think I’m leaning toward asking for a referral to a gyn, more comprehensive care and less awkardness overall.
Post # 33
I am from the US and my PCP (Internal Med) does my pap. Generally OB/GYN does them if someone has an abnormal pap or issue, but it is individual preference too!
Post # 34
- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
Alwyas an Ob/Gyn — Doctor or nurse practitioner. It never occurred to me that a GP would do a pap smear and I’d much rather have a specialist.
Post # 35
I see a physician’s assistant as my primary care and she does my pap smears and prescribes my birth control pills
Post # 36
My GP does it only because I really dislike going to doctors and he is the only doctor I have found who doesnt make me feel like I am being violated. Also, I am pretty bad about scheduling yearly check ups with my gyno so he usually does it when I go in for something more routine. I’m all about multi-tasking!
Post # 37
I don’t find it uncomfortable at all. But I tried very hard to find a doctor I was totally comfortable with; I think a lot of it has to do more with the individual doctor than anything else.
Post # 38
Sorry if it’s an odd question, but a few people have mentioned a ‘yearly check up’ with a gynaecologist. Over here (UK) lots of women will never see an obstetritian/gynaecologist in their life, if you have normal births, no problems down there. Is it a standard US thing? What do they ‘check-up’?
Post # 39
I’m in Canada, and my GP has always done my PAP’s, until I got pregnant, then my OB did them the last couple times. But then again, here, you don’t even seen an OB for pregnancy until you’re 30+ weeks (if you have no complications).
Post # 40
I’m always a bit cautious of PCPs that try to be your One Stop Shop for things. I’ve always used an OB/Gyn (interestingly enough, the same man who delivered me is also my OB/Gyn) and I couldn’t be happier with him.
Post # 41
Perhaps it’s just me, then, haha. My GP referred me to my gynecologist when I was 17 because I didn’t have my period yet, so that might be why. I like seeing the gynecologist though because I know she is fully trained in that specialty.
Yeah I know that you don’t see an OB until you are close to your due date. I remember my mom only seeing her GP for prenatal care when she was pregnant with my brother, until the end. But I won’t be pregnant for quite some time 🙂