Marla Ahlgrimm Offers Tips for Women on Choosing a Gynecologist

Marla AhlgrimmFor many women, a gynecologist is one of their most important personal health connections, says women’s health expert, Marla Ahlgrimm. An annual exam that may include counseling, evaluation, breast exam and cancer screenings is highly recommended for women of all ages.

There are numerous life events that can cause a woman to seek out a new gynecologist. Doctors retire. Insurance carriers change benefits. New jobs present different coverage. Whatever the reason, this research process can be awkward and tricky. How does a woman start the process of finding the right physician?

Most women value the bedside manner of their GYN above all else, shares  pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm. While all doctors should be compassionate and respectful, those important qualities are particularly crucial for professionals working in such a sensitive specialty. Expect a gynecologist to consider your concerns and questions, listen well, explain actions and offer advice clearly and calmly.

Credentials

Finding the right GYN begins with an extensive research process.  The chosen physician must possess strong listening skills while treating patients with the ultimate respect and compassion. Before embarking on this extensive search, Marla Ahlgrimm recommends that women pay close attention to the expertise, experience and education of the doctor.

Expertise: Specialties such as infertility, obstetrics, prenatal care, midlife, menopause.

Experience: How long the physician has been licensed to practice.

Education: Where and when their medical degree was received.

Environment

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, another important factor to keep in mind is the physician’s philosophy. Find a physician that shares your views can increase comfort and satisfaction. Some women are more comfortable with a male physician, while others prefer a female.

Logistics

Marla Ahlgrimm acknowledges that insurance plans sometimes limit the number of visits to these physicians or cause increased out-of-pocket costs. Affiliated medical facilities and hospitals may be dictated by a specific health plan. Depending on the number of required visits, the physician’s location may also be a cause for concern. Aspects such as drive time, parking and length of wait times are also major considerations.

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