How many of you get a pap smear, breast exam, etc. from your primary care physician vs a gyn? My dr. is an internist & for some reason I just feel strange having him do it. Comments please?
I felt the same way too so now I go to GYN. It cost me more on my co pay on insurance but I think it is worth it. I feel I get a more complete exam with the GYN
No question about it...an OB/GYN.
It's hard enough to diagnose things like Ovarian Cancer when the MD is Specialty Trained to look for subtle diseases, so I wouldn't trust a GP to do a PAP. Plus, so many of them are under the capitation system that they are reluctant to refer patients to a Specialist except when they have no recourse and precious treatment time might be wasted.
I see a nurse practitioner in my GP's clinic who does nothing but Pap tests and a few other assorted female concerns. I vastly prefer this to using either a gynecologist who is on a superfast schedule or my elderly male GP. The NP is always ready to make a referral if she finds or I report any kind of problem or concern. Then I see a female GYN. My periods came back on me at the age of 58 and I was immediately sent out for an internal MRI and then to a gynecologist. The consensus was that my body was led to try and crank out a few more eggs because I was focused on my daughter's fertility problems. She did become pregnant during these couple of months. Once she announced, my body stopped kicking out eggs and never resumed.
devorah, I'm not a doctor. However, if you started having periods again at 58 after not having any for several years that is not normal, not for any female. I'm surprised your GYN didn't do a biopsy of the lining of your uterus or perform an D&C.
I go to a female gyn, I am very comfortable with her. I thought I had a post menopausal problem and the MDs told me my problem was normal and offered no treatment. My gyn told it was not atrophy like thought it was, it was a disease and girls as young as 5 can have it. She also gave me a medicine that took care of the symptoms.
The gyn did do a scraping of the uterus and sent it for testing. There was a chance it was cancer but the Dr. wasn't particularly worried. She said it isn't at all unusual for our bodies to try and crank out a few more eggs. I didn't start menopause until I was 56, so it wasn't as far to age 58 as it would be for most people.