Is it OK to See Your Ob/Gyn for Primary Care?
Discover the truth about questions that pique your curiosity in our Short Answer series. Reproductive health expert Jeffrey Chapa, MD, answers this one.
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.
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.
— Ob/Gyn specialist Jeffrey Chapa, MD