Last updated on June 10, 2019
Looking for a new OB/Gyn? You’re not alone. Whether you’ve just moved, changed health insurance, or simply want a new doctor, we’re here to help.
Unfortunately, finding the right OB/Gyn can sometimes be a challenge. You don’t want to end up with someone you don’t trust, a doctor with bad bedside manner, or simply an OB/Gyn you feel uncomfortable around. Thankfully, there are some steps you can take to make sure you’ve chosen the right one. Read on below to learn more!
How to Choose the Right OB/Gyn
Finding a new OB/Gyn may seem like a daunting task, but with the following steps, it’ll be a breeze.
See Who’s in Network With Your Insurance
Before diving in, take a moment to look at your health insurance. Either log in to your insurance’s online portal or call them to get more information on what’s included and who may be in network. If you don’t have insurance, check to see if you qualify for any state or government funded programs.
Often, you can find a list of who’s in network and takes your insurance plan on the company’s website. However, once you check this list online, don’t just assume it’s 100% accurate. These lists are typically not updated very often.
To protect yourself from a mistake, make sure to call the doctors on the “in-network” list to double-check that they still take your insurance plan.
Think About Location
It may not seem important at first, but location can be key! In fact, having an OB/Gyn close to home or work can be extremely convenient.
Maybe you’re at work during a super busy, stressful day, have an appointment set for 3 pm, but don’t want to get caught in rush hour traffic on your way home. Maybe you want to stop in for your appointment on the way home after dropping off the kids at school.
Choosing an OB/Gyn office close to your office, home, or other errands you typically run can be a huge time-saver.
Consider Your Personal Needs
Every woman is not the same – and neither is every doctor. So make sure your doctor fits your personal needs.
If you’re only wanting your annual well-woman exam, STD testing, and breast exams, along with things like counseling, birth control, cancer screenings, and the like, find a general gynecologist or OB/Gyn.
Well-woman exams also often include pap smears and other pelvic exams.
On the other hand, if you want to get pregnant in the next 5-7 years, go ahead and choose an OB/Gyn. Choose someone who you’d feel comfortable with delivering your baby eventually.
At the end of the day, it’s YOUR body and you should decide what to do with it.
Make Sure You Share the Same Values
If you’re going to the OB/Gyn for contraception and find out your doctor doesn’t support or believe in birth control usage, it’s a huge red flag. Do not stick with a doctor who doesn’t share your values on health. At the end of the day, it’s YOUR body and you should decide what to do – or not do – with it.
This is easy to find out – when you meet your doc for an initial consultation, simply ask how they feel about birth control, or whatever your concerns may be.
You Should Feel Heard
If you walk into your appointment and the front desk staff is rude, that can be disheartening – and usually a sign that doc won’t be very well-mannered either. On the other hand, the staff and doctor could have totally different attitudes. Trust your gut.
A good OB/Gyn should be compassionate, respectful, and most of all, a good listener. It can be tough to discuss these sensitive topics – especially with a stranger – and a bad or judgmental attitude from the doctor can make it even more difficult.
A good OB/Gyn will listen to you, take your questions and concerns seriously, and will never, ever wave you off or tell you you’re overreacting. If you ask a question, they should answer you with all the information you need. If you feel like your doctor is giving you one word answers, not paying attention, or doesn’t have enough time for you, that’s a huge red flag.
Don’t settle if you aren’t getting the time you deserve.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- How comfortable do you feel with the doctor?
- Do you find it easy to ask questions of them?
- Does the doctor explain things clearly and completely?
- Does the doctor seem interested in you personally?
- Does the doctor seem like someone who will respect your wishes?