Some women – about 70% in fact -- just prefer a female gynecologist, and there's nothing wrong with that. Reasons may include discomfort with an unfamiliar man seeing you naked and concern that a man may not fully understand the experience of your female body, lifestyle and unique social and health challenges, particularly when it comes to menstrual and hormonal issues. Usually women who are not pregnant (or planning to be) prefer a doctor who does gynecology only (rather than ob/gyn), because wait times are often shorter, the waiting room is not packed, and the doctor doesn’t get called away to deliver little bundles of joy. Also gynecology-only practices like Women’s Wellness Center are much more likely to provide a range of extra services tailored to women, such as specialized hormone and menopause services, sexual counseling, aesthetic and weight loss services and even meditation instruction to make our minds healthier.
So, male or female, how to choose a gynecologist? Despite all the online reviews, websites and ads, one of the best ways to find a good doctor is still by word-of-mouth, so talk to your friends, relatives, coworkers . . . and hairdressers and manicurists J. One more thing: it’s important that your gyn doctor is easily available. For that reason having nurse practitioners in the practice is a big advantage. They usually have more time for your urgent problems -- those Friday afternoon prescription refills and bladder infections. At Women’s Wellness Center, we have two nurse practitioners who are loaded with experience and special skills: Laurie Smith, who is one of the most experienced gyn nurse practitioners in Reno, and Sherri Aikin, who has special training in integrative medicine, sexual counseling, aesthetic services, nutrition and meditation instruction. The nurse practitioners and myself, Dr. Mary Wellhoner, can help you with so many things. Come see us!!