• The Evolving Role Of Your OBGYN

    by Sharan Abdul-Rahman, MD
    on Mar 5th, 2015

One OBGYN's opinion..

An OBGYN is not a primary care physician (PCP).

We are specialists who care for the reproductive capacity/function of women. We care for females from menarche to menopause. It's our responsibility to work to resolve problems and to manage disorders of the female reproductive tract.

Does this mean, we need to be seen annually? No.

A primary care physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant is able to screen females for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). PCPs and mid level providers can (some all ready do) perform cervical cancer screening every 3-5 years for those women without a history of abnormal paps. Likewise they can and many all ready prescribe mammograms for their female patients.

As OBGYN's, we know that female reproductive physiology is amazing. Yet, even with all that we know, we still have a lot to learn. We still have challenges from how best to optimize prenatal care and childbirth for all women to providing women with better solutions as they transition through menopause.

This perspective isn't as radical as it may seem on first blush. Similar to other specialists, let's let PCP's refer to us when we are needed. Just as we don't need to see a cardiologist, just because we have a heart. Let's assume a woman doesn't need to see an OBGYN just because she is female.

Author Sharan Abdul-Rahman, MD

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