Post # 1
This seems like such a dumb question, but the Internet has all different sorts of opinions on it. We recently moved and I’m looking to establish medical care in our new area. We’re actively TTC. Should I choose an internal medicine PCP for everything including reproductive care, an OB/GYN who can also do a basic checkup (I have no major medical issues), or both?
Post # 2
You should have a PCP for physicals and illness, and also an obgyn for reproductive health. Once you are pregnant you will 100% need an obgyn and it’s a good idea to establish history with one prior to becoming pregnant. But an obgyn isn’t going to help you when you have the flu or a sinus infection.
Post # 3
kooshball5 : my PCP did my pap smears so it was easy one stop shopping for all my annuals. I got my midwife once I was pregnant and I’ll now keep using her for regular gyn issues since I like her better than my primary lol
Post # 4
I have a pcp for general care, OBGYN for pregnancy and reproductive health checks.
Post # 5
PCP for regular health care and OB for pap, TTC, birth control stuff etc.
Technically my PCP can do paps but I feel a lot better with someone who specializes in that area.
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2012 - Iowa
I have both – but I only see my PCP for issues here and there (had to have a tick head removed last year; flu vaccine, etc). I would start with an OB since if you’re TTC that will be more important right now. But keep an eye out for a PCP you’d like, or even ask your OB for recommendations.
I do intend to start seeing my PCP for an annual as well at some point, just haven’t gotten that far yet since I don’t have ongoing health issues.