For many women, the gynecologist relationship is a very close one. For some, the gynecologist is utilized as a doctor for a variety of care aside from standard obstetrics and gynecological treatments. The following are some things that your doctor can do for you and your children outside of their specialized scope of care:
Circumcising Your Son
If you are planning to circumcise your infant son and your doctor delivered him, he or she can perform the circumcision as well. While not all parents want to have this procedure done, it can be comforting to those who do to have a doctor they know intimately do it for them. A pediatrician can also do a circumcision, but if this is your first child, chances are you have not had the opportunity to build that important relationship. Instead, you can have your personal doctor do it if it makes you more comfortable.
Thyroid Level Check
If you are a woman who is dealing with a thyroid problem, discuss it with your gynecologist. The doctor will order blood work for you to check your TSH and T1 levels to determine if you need additional medication to boost your thyroid. Thyroid disease is an ongoing issue and will need to be monitored annually. Your doctor can typically perform the blood work at your annual checkup to save you an additional visit to the office.
Another thing your gynecologist can help you deal with is infections, especially if they can clearly notice it. For instance, if you show up to your annual appointment and your doctor notices you have what looks like an infected place on your forehead, he or she may want to check it for you to ensure it is not a staph infection or other issue that can be potentially dangerous. Your doctor has the option to treat it with his or her own plan or refer you to a specialist to have it evaluated further. Either way, it is good to know that your gynecologist can help you stay on top of what can potentially be a bad situation.
One thing many women deal with is the fact that they do not have a primary doctor to call when they feel sick or need regular care. Do not feel afraid or discouraged to give your gynecologist a call with your ailments, especially if you have a long-standing relationship. They are there to help you and should not turn you away simply because your illness does not fall into their specialty.