How do I find a new gynecologist?
Choosing a doctor is a big decision, but it can be especially hard to find a gynecologist. Given the sensitive and intimate nature of the healthcare that gynecologists provide, you want to find a doctor who you are comfortable with, you can trust, who is experienced, and who has your best interests at heart. You need to feel heard and respected, so finding a gynecologist you get along with is most important. But how can you find a good gynecologist you can rely on?
The first step you can take is talking to your primary care physician. Even if your regular doctor doesn’t offer gynecological services, they are a good starting point to getting a list of competent and skilled gynecologists in your area. Alternatively, if you are hoping to get pregnant in the near future, you can ask for referrals for an obstetrician or OB/GYN. An OB/GYN will guide you through the process of conceiving through to childbirth and postnatal care.
There is no need to limit yourself to recommendations from your doctor either. You can ask your friends and family members for recommendations of their doctors. An added bonus is you can also learn firsthand about what patient services are like at the recommended practice.
So, you have now asked around and have a decent list of gynecologists or OB/GYNs in your area. Your next step should be researching the backgrounds and credentials, specialties, education, and reviews and ratings. This research will help you narrow down your current list based on your preferences and positive reviews, then you can book a meet-and-greet with your preferred physician. During this meeting, you will get an initial impression and feeling of how well you will get along with the doctor. You can also decide if you like the feeling of the clinic and like the other members of the team. This meeting will also give you the opportunity to quiz the doctor about their values to see if they align with your, and ask if the clinic accepts your insurance, find out the office hours, who covers the doctor’s patients when they’re not there, and at which hospitals the doctor has admitting privileges.
If you are looking for a gynecologist in either Manassas, Fairfax, or Haymarket, VA, then you can trust the care you will receive at Capital Women’s Care. Our talented team of board-certified physicians, registered nurses, and physician assistants are dedicated to providing comprehensive obstetrics and gynecological care to our patients.
What happens at a gynecology appointment?
Many women dread their annual exam, but at Capital Women’s Care, we aim to make your appointment as comfortable as possible. To help ease your nerves, here is the general overview of what happens during an annual preventative exam.
It begins by documenting your daily habits and reviewing your family history to look for any higher-than-usual risk for risks. We will then measure your weight and height and check your blood pressure and temperature. We then perform a breast exam, pelvic exam, and pap smear. You will then have a chance to discuss your health goals with your doctor and voice any concerns about your health. You can discuss matters such as birth control, pregnancy, STIs, and ask questions about your menstrual cycle, mental health, sex and sexuality, etc. No topic is off-limits.
Do you have to get a referral to see a gynecologist?
You don’t need a referral to see a gynecologist; in fact, many gynecologists provide primary care as well as specialized gynecological care. However, if you see a family physician and don’t normally see a gynecologist, but you have a specific health issue that you want to see a gynecologist about, then you can ask for a referral.
If you are looking for a gynecologist or OB/GYN in Manassas, Fairfax, or Haymarket, VA, you can trust the care you will receive from one of the expert women’s health medical professionals at Capital Women’s Care. We provide high-quality medical care at our 3 convenient locations in VA, no referral necessary. Call and make your appointment today.
Locations To Serve You
Capital Women’s Care in Manassas, VA
Address: 8644 Sudley Rd #305, Manassas, VA 20110
Phone: (703) 988-6553
Capital Women’s Care in Haymarket, VA
Address: 15111 Washington St #121, Haymarket, VA 20169
Phone: (703) 844-4288
Capital Women’s Care in Fairfax / Fair Oaks, VA
Address: 3700 Joseph Siewick Dr #102, Fairfax, VA 22033
Phone: (703) 596-1125