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Do you really need both a gynecologist and a primary care doctor?

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I generally recommend having both, but it comes down to personal preference and your own needs. If you don´t have any major medical problems, you may be OK visiting your ob-gyn as your regular doctor. Any good gyno will be happy to talk to you about overall health. Although ob-gyns give guidance first and foremost on women´s health and issues related to the reproductive organs, plenty offer services outside of that purview (cholesterol screenings, say).

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Even so, an annual physical exam by a primary care provider (PCP) will probably cover a lot more ground, including metabolic, respiratory and digestive health, for starters. Also, some gynos may feel more comfortable referring you to another specialist for ailments that a PCP would handle herself. For example, if you have a rash, your ob-gyn may encourage you to get a dermatologist´s opinion, while a PCP may be able to treat it in one stop.

Ultimately, it all depends on the doctor. If you have a great relationship with your gyno and feel she gives you the 360 medical assistance you need, fine. Just alert her that she´s the only doctor you visit routinely. This way, she knows to give you comprehensive checkups or send you to another MD when necessary.

Health´s medical editor, Roshini Rajapaksa, MD, is assistant professor of medicine at the NYU School of Medicine.

This article originally appeared on Health.com.

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