Most women have heard about gynecologists since the beginning of their adolescent lives, but they still may not know exactly what a gynecologist does or what they can help with.
What Is a Gynecologist?
A gynecologist is the type of doctor that is an expert in female reproductive health. Many people get gynecologists mixed up with obstetricians. Obstetricians are trained in the area of pregnancy and any problems that may arise during the pregnancy. However, it is common for a gynecologist to be trained in both fields. If a gynecologist is an expert in both, they may also be called an OB-GYN.
What Does a Gynecologist Do?
A gynecologist can diagnose and treat issues like:
A gynecologist will also perform pelvic exams, breast exams, and pap smears. These are all routine exams that are recommended often. Gynecologists are also trained and able to perform hysterectomies, as well as tie your tubes if you no longer want children.
When Should You See the Gynecologist?
You should be visiting the gynecologist at least annually to have your routine exams completed and to make sure you are still healthy. You should also take a visit to the gynecologist if you are worried about your reproductive health.
Common reasons to visit the gynecologist can include:
To visit the gynecologist, you don't need to be in pain. You can make an appointment to ask questions and chat about concerns you may have about your reproductive system.
Does Insurance Cover Visits to the Gynecologist?
Depending on your insurance, you may be fully or partially covered to visit the gynecologist. However, there is usually a limit of how many check-ups you are allowed in a year. If you go over this amount, your insurance will not pay for them. Make sure you look into your specific insurance plan before visiting if you're worried about the cost.
Visiting the Gynecologist Without Insurance
Unfortunately, if you do not have insurance you will have to pay for the gynecologist services out of pocket. Depending on where you go for your services, they may have financial assistance programs to look into. Do not worry about paying for the services at the time of the visit. A bill will be mailed to you and usually have a grace period. If you're still unable to pay the full amount in the grace period, inquire about a payment plan.
For more information on gynecologist visits, contact a professional near you.