When a woman chooses an obstetrician and gynecologist, she needs to find someone she trusts. Having a close relationship with her physician means she is much more likely to return for annual examinations.
“Some women stop seeing their OB-GYN after they have children because their lives are busier than they anticipated,” says Grant D. McWilliams, DO, obstetrician/gynecologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “But it is important to take care of yourself so you are better able to take care of your family.”
When choosing a physician, be sure to ask questions about what kinds of conditions he or she treats. Some issues of concern may be fertility problems, abnormal uterine bleeding, pelvic pain and urinary incontinence. Some OB-GYNs may specialize in one or two specific conditions. “Your doctor should be someone you know will be there for you at any time in your life,” says McWilliams.