Believe it or not, at some women’s clinics, you might not be seen by an OB-GYN. Some clinics have Nurse Practitioners or Physician Assistants instead of a Gynecologist. An OB-GYN is a physician who specializes in female reproductive health, pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. So for the best care, always make sure your appointment is with the doctor.
As you get older, you will want to work with a Gynecologist who understands menopause and hormone replacement therapy. Many women who are initially opposed to the idea warm up to it as they are going through menopause and find that life doesn’t have to end when their periods do.
There’s more on the market than just “the pill.” Your OB-GYN should be familiar with all forms of birth control, including behavioral, barrier, hormonal, long acting reversible contraceptives including IUD and contraceptive implants and even emergency methods.
When looking for an OBGYN, you should focus on finding a doctor who you feel takes time to understand your unique health challenges, questions, and concerns without rushing the appointment. A good way find out is by setting up an initial interview to see if you two “click” and then taking it from there.