With all your options for health care, figuring out which doctor to see for your issues can be overwhelming and confusing. Let’s take a look at a couple different types of physicians to help determine which health care provider you should see for gynecological care.
Family Physicians often get the question, “What are the differences between the care provided by a gynecologist versus care from a family medicine doctor?” So, what’s the answer? Continue reading to learn some of the differences between the two specialties.
A family medicine doctor is best suited for patients outlined below:
The next question many doctors receive is, “When should a young woman begin to seek gynecologic care?” or “At what age should my daughter begin gynecologic visits?”
Generally, adolescent girls and young women should visit their family practice doctor for any gynecology concerns between the ages of 11 and 21. An adolescent or young woman who is sexually active should see a physician regularly for pelvic exams or screening tests as soon as she becomes sexually active. In the pre-teen and teen years, a family medicine physician can address the majority of concerns such as:
For the following concerns, a family physician can start the evaluation and refer to another specialist such as a gynecologist or endocrinologist if needed:
Finally, a last common question is, “When should a young woman begin Pap smears for cervical cancer prevention?”
Currently, it is recommended that patients begin Pap smear screenings at the age of 21. All female patients should begin at this age, regardless of birth control needs or sexual activity.
For further guidance, contact Dr. Jamie Glover at Glover Family Medicine for any health concerns or questions you may have.