Obstetrician-Gynecologists or OB-GYNs are medical practitioners tasked with providing women with reproductive health services and caring for women during and after their pregnancy. They are able to administer important tests and screenings for diseases like cancer, they can help women plan their family, they are able to treat pelvic problems and urinary tract conditions, and they can deliver babies too. As such, they are an important part of women’s medical health arsenal.
As a woman, it is your right to be able to choose an OB-GYN who will provide you with the best medical advice, who will listen to and address your concerns, who can assist you in making important medical decisions about your reproductive system, and who you will trust with the most intimate parts of your body. That being said, you need to choose this person carefully; as they will be a big part of your life: the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that you begin seeing one between your 13 th and 15 th birthday. So how do you choose a good OB-GYN? Here are some of the things that you need to consider:
Credentials/Experience – A simple internet search will probably be able to call up the doctor’s credentials; especially if they’re registered on sites that offer reviews. You can also try to see if they have their own site where this information is listed. Important pieces of information to look for are: medical school and residency, certifications acquired (especially from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology), specialization/s, hospital affiliations, years of practice, unfavorable reviews (if any), malpractice records (if any), and lawsuits filed against them (if any). Someone who has no records or information on the internet is to be avoided at all costs.
Bedside Manner – Just as important as the doctor’s knowledge and expertise is the way they treat their patients. Look for someone who is very compassionate and understanding; someone who is a good listener and respects you. Avoid condescending, judgmental, close-minded individuals who seem to be going through the motions when they treat their patients. After all, this is the person who you will confide some very personal details to, so make sure that they are worth your trust.
Values/Beliefs – Because this person is tasked to give you advice about some sensitive and polarizing topics like contraception; you have to check their values and beliefs to make sure that you share common values with them. Nothing is more awkward than receiving advice or having a conversation with someone who has the opposite values and beliefs as you.
Affiliations – Try to find out if the doctor is affiliated with organizations or groups that seem questionable or run counter to your beliefs and values. Also, try to find out which hospital/s the doctor is affiliated with. Make sure that these are medical establishments that are of good repute and high standards: with good online reviews and high patient success rates. Oh, and make sure that their hospital/s are accessible and easy to get to, as you’ll probably be visiting regularly.
Insurance – Check to see if the doctor is included in your insurance plan’s network, and if they accept your health insurance. Medical services cost a lot, so if you can save on these expenses; then by all means try to do so.
ParkMed NYC offers quality reproductive health services, such as comprehensive gynecological services, STD testing, and high-quality abortion care. Our group of compassionate and highly-qualified board- certified-and-eligible male and female OB-GYN surgeons and physicians will make your visit as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Call us up at 212-686-6066 or contact us online for an immediate appointment, or for more information.