Should I See a Gynecologist Or a Regular Doctor?

Should I See a Gynecologist or a Regular Doctor? Gynecologists are medical doctors who focus on women’s health and are specially trained to treat disorders that impact the female reproductive system. So, if you are a woman, you may be unsure if your medical concern should be evaluated by a gynecologist or a “regular” doctor, such as a primary care physician (also referred to as a general practitioner or a GP).

To help clear up the confusion, here are a few indicators that a visit with a gynecologist may be appropriate. Consider scheduling an appointment if you have any of the following:

  • Unusually heavy or painful menstrual periods
  • Sexual dysfunction or pain during sex
  • Difficulty conceiving
  • Urinary or fecal incontinence
  • Sores, rashes or itchiness around the genital area
  • Unusual bleeding or discharge
  • Lower abdominal or pelvic pain
  • A new or unusual breast lump
  • Nipple discharge or unusual breast tenderness or itchiness
  • Problems related to menopause
  • Questions related to sexual health, reproductive function or general women’s health concerns

By age 21, it’s also important to visit a gynecologist for an annual well-woman exam. This exam will involve a pap test to check for precancerous cellular changes in the cervix, as well as a breast exam and other procedures that your gynecologist may deem appropriate based on your individual health needs.

If you have any other medical issues that concern you, your best course of action is to speak with a primary care doctor. This medical professional addresses general health concerns and provides important wellness services, such as physicals, check-ups and vaccines. In the event that you require more in-depth care from a medical specialist, your primary care doctor will serve as your “home base” and refer you to specialists as necessary.

Women’s Health & Primary Care in North Suburban Boston

Tufts Medical Center Community Care is a multispecialty medical group with more than 80 physicians, including gynecologists, obstetricians and primary care physicians who collaborate to seamlessly provide a full spectrum of care to women in all stages of life. We make it simple to find the right doctor close to home with easily accessible locations throughout north suburban Boston and better-than-average appointment wait times—several of our physicians can accommodate same or next-day visits and offer weekend and evening appointment availability.

Furthermore, as a clinical affiliate of MelroseWakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, Tufts Medical Center Community Care has the expertise and resources necessary to provide the highest level of treatment, including minimally invasive gynecological surgeries, specialized care for women with high-risk pregnancies, comprehensive cancer screenings and much more.

Take the Next Step

Contact Tufts Medical Center Community Care today to schedule an appointment with a primary care physician or gynecologist on our team. One of our professionals will be happy to answer any questions you may have and direct you to the best physician for your needs. We accept most major health insurance plans and serve patients of all ages throughout north suburban Boston.

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