Is it OK to See Your Ob/Gyn for Primary Care?

The Short Answer from a reproductive health expert

Is it OK to see your Ob/Gyn for primary care?

Q: Is it OK to see your Ob/Gyn for primary care?

A: If you are generally healthy, your obstetrician/gynecologist can provide much of your preventive or primary care. Ob/Gyns focus on reproductive health but are knowledgeable about general care for women.

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However, if you have a lot of medical issues or have a strong family history of disease, it may be in your best interest to seek care from a primary care physician.

Primary care physicians focus on overall health. However, some don’t provide pelvic exams, Pap smears or mammograms, and may refer you to an Ob/Gyn for reproductive care.

As our population ages and our healthcare delivery system evolves, more and more woman will be seeking primary care. Internists, family physicians and Ob/Gyns will need to work together to meet this demand.

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— Ob/Gyn specialist Jeffrey Chapa, MD

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