Lifewatch: Seeing your OB/GYN for general needs

Reported by Claire Hosmann - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

(WECT) - Most women see their OB/GYNs once a year, but more and more patients are turning to them for general medical advice and the economy may be to blame.

At just 22-years-old, Jamie Moore is a healthy young woman, but she's seen her OB/GYN five or six times just this year for a range of healthcare issues.

"A stomach ache or heart racing, or just colds or headaches, things of that sort," said Moore.

Dr. Roderick Diggs says because OB/GYNs see their patients regularly, they develop a long term relationship.

"And over time that relationship becomes closer, so we become someone that they trust and so they'll come to us," said Diggs.

Moore said she really has a greater comfort level with Diggs than with any other doctor.

"The relationship that you form as a woman first is with your OB-GYN," said Moore.

She plans to continue to looking to Diggs for all her basic healthcare needs.

Diggs says for simple medical issues visiting your OB/GYN is fine, but if it's something that is more complicated or will be long term, he would advise patients to see their primary care physician.