How Do I Choose a Gynaecologist?

Your reproductive health is so critical to other aspects of your overall well-being. You want to do absolutely everything in your power to ensure your health is optimised from a gynaecological perspective. The best way to do this is ensure you select your gynaecologist carefully. This health care professional can oversee your endometriosis management, your ovarian cyst, fibroids, polyps as well as have an understanding of all ways to manage you depending on your preferences and goals. To begin with, you will ask friends and family for referrals and read reviews on your potential gynaecologist. The first step is straightforward, but gynaecologists are more than the sum of their referrals. Let’s discuss what else you need to consider when choosing your gynaecologist.

Do You Prefer a Male or Female Gynaecologist?

This matter is likely one of your top concerns. As with selecting a mental health professional, some women simply prefer a male or female doctor, and in many cases, it’s inexplicable. You may, however, get a referral for a gynaecologist who is of the opposite of sex, and it might be worthwhile meeting them before you decide on your preferred specialist.

Remember, each doctor is different, and their level of experience and additional expertise could come in handy depending on your needs.

Where Does the Gynaecologist Practice?

Your preferred gynaecologist may not practice in your preferred hospital; they may be located further afield than you would like. Research which hospitals in your area fare better than others before you make your choice. Whether you use private healthcare or Medicare, your options may be broader or narrower when it comes to your preferred gynae and hospital.

Make Sure You Are on the Same Page as Your Doctor

In the initial phase of your women’s health journey, you will want to discuss your ideal management plan with your doctor. Doctors will base their plan primarily on the requirements of each patient as every woman is unique, and so are their needs. Their personal views may differ from yours beyond this point, and it’s a good idea to work with a gynaecologist who can marry your preferences to the medical needs of you.

Does Your Gynaecologist Put You at Ease?

Your ideal gynaecologist will quell your concerns and answer all your questions thoroughly. If you can ask questions freely, you are more inclined to feel comfortable with your doctor. Beyond that, they should have an agreeable bedside manner. These aspects of a doctor’s personality will leave a lasting impression on you, so take care to notice how your doctor makes you feel.

The right gynaecologist may not tick all the boxes, but you will be better off choosing a gynaecologist with these considerations in mind. Choose the most important, non-negotiable qualities first if you struggle to choose a gynaecologist. There are no fixed rules about seeing more than one gynaecologist before you come to a decision, but you do want to know who is your preferred gynae as soon as possible.

OMNI Ultrasound & Gynaecological Care

Condous performs Advanced Endosurgery procedures for women needing intervention for pelvic masses, adnexal pathology, severe endometriosis or hysterectomy. He also runs ‘Hands on’ Live Sheep Laparoscopic Workshops for gynaecologists at Camden Veterinarian School.
Having completed an undergraduate degree with the University of Adelaide, he left Australia in 1993 and moved to London where he completed his training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. From 2001 to 2003 Condous worked as a Senior Research Fellow at St George’s Hospital, London. At St George’s he set up the Acute Gynaecology Unit, the first in the United Kingdom. It was also during this time that he developed an interest in Early Pregnancy and especially the management of pregnancies of unknown location (PULs). Condous has developed many mathematical models for the prediction of outcome of PULs which have been featured in numerous peer review journals. In 2005, he returned to Australia where he completed his Laparoscopic Fellowship at the Centre for Advanced Reproductive Endosurgery, Royal North Shore, Sydney.

Condous was appointed as a Consultant Gynaecologist and Senior Lecturer at Nepean Hospital in 2006 and soon was made Associate Professor. In 2010, he was made Departmental Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Nepean Hospital. He obtained the MRCOG in 1999 and was made FRANZCOG in 2005. In 2009, he was awarded his Doctorate in Medicine (MD), University of London, for his thesis entitled: “The management of pregnancies of unknown location and the development of new mathematical models to predict outcome”.

Condous has edited three books including the “Handbook of Early Pregnancy Care”, published over 100 papers in international journals and is internationally renowned for his work in Early Pregnancy. He is the Associate Editor for Gynaecologic Obstetric Investigation, which is a European based journal, as well as the Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine (AJUM). He is on the organising committee and is an invited speaker at the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ISUOG) Scientific meeting in Sydney 2013. His current research interests relate to the management of ectopic pregnancy, 1st trimester growth, PULs and miscarriage and the use of transvaginal ultrasound (in particular sonovaginography, to predict posterior compartment deep infiltrating rectovaginal endometriosis).Condous is also actively involved with post-graduate education including the annual running of the Early Pregnancy and Gynaecological Ultrasound Interactive Courses for Sonologists, Radiologists, Sonographers and Gynaecologists in Australia.