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Should I have both a family practice doctor and an OBGYN? Or is only an OBGYN okay?

Hear from an expert, a peer and a mom why both are important.

PEER ANSWER
AN OBGYN or gynecologist specializes in women’s reproductive health. That means they are basically the go-to-person for anything to do with your vagina, your period, your sex life and anything related to pregnancy and reproductive health. Not every woman goes to an OBGYN, some prefer to take their reproductive/women’s health concerns to their main healthcare provider and that is OK too.
However if you do go to an OBGYN for your feminine health needs, you do also need to have a general practice doctor for issues related to other parts of your body. An OBGYN wouldn’t be a good person to go to if you had a cold, or the stomach flu, or you broke your arm, for example. When selecting any type of healthcare provider, remember to always choose the ones you feel the most comfortable with.
AN OBGYN or gynecologist specializes in women’s reproductive health. That means they are basically the go-to person for anything to do with your vagina, your period, your sex life and anything related to pregnancy and reproductive health. Not every woman goes to an OBGYN, some prefer to take their reproductive/women’s health concerns to their main healthcare provider and that is OK too.
However, if you do go to an OBGYN for your feminine health needs, you do also need to have a general practice doctor for issues related to other parts of your body. An OBGYN wouldn’t be a good person to go to if you had a cold, or the stomach flu, or you broke your arm, for example. When selecting any type of healthcare provider, remember to always choose the one you feel the most comfortable with.
MOM ANSWER
Personally, I have both. My general practitioner can fit patients in quite quickly and he knows my health history. My OB/GYN is awesome, but it takes time to get an appointment with her so I wouldn't want to have to rely on her if I ever have an illness that needs immediate attention. Your OB/GYN can attend to other needs and will be happy to talk to you about overall health, but an OB/GYN's specialty is attending to female health. I'll be interested to hear what our health expert's opinion is!
EXPERT ANSWER
Once they reach their adult years, many women choose to see their OB-GYN for their annual check-ups. However, it is often necessary to have a family practice doctor (or "primary care physician/PCP") who you can see if you're sick or if your health insurance plan requires you to have one to make referrals. I suggest that, if possible, you establish relationships with both an OB-GYN and a PCP so you'll have someone to turn to for any medical concerns that may arise.
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