What to Look for When Choosing Your Gynaecologist

Gynaecologists are essential. Just as you need a GP, optometrist, and dentist you can trust, you need a gynaecologist. You certainly need a gynaecologist if you’re pregnant or trying to have a baby, but it doesn’t end there. Annual check-ups, pap smears, and the like are essential to maintaining your health and wellbeing. Whether you need a change from your previous gynaecologist; you’re looking for your first; or you are ready to plan a family, you still need to know what to look for when choosing a gynaecologist. It’s not a decision to take lightly, so here are a few things to consider.

Referrals and Reviews

Many people will discuss gynaecologists with friends and family first. A referral is always a good place to start. With luck, your friend or family member will refer you to a doctor who is close by and will meet your needs. If you can’t get a referral, look for gynaecologists who have a good reputation online. You’re likely to find a lot of doctors with good reviews in your area. 

Look for a Gynaecologist Who Puts You at Ease

Meeting a gynaecologist for the first time may induce anxiety for some but remember that this is their job, and they should know how to put you at ease. As you ask questions and get to know them, you’ll figure out whether you’re comfortable or not

Ask Your Gynaecologist Questions

There’s a lot to learn about a prospective gynaecologist at the first meeting. As you ask questions, listen to their answers, and assess their bedside manner, you’ll get a better feel for how they conduct themselves and whether you want to pursue a doctor-patient relationship with them. 

Questions to ask a new gynaecologist:

Which hospital they operate from, how close is it, and is it a private or a public hospital?

  • Consider whether you want private or public healthcare.

Do they have any specific areas of expertise? Have they specialised in any particular area in gynaecology?

  • Your new gynaecologist must meet your specific health requirements.

How long have they been practising for?

  • You may prefer someone younger or someone with more experience if you are nervous.

What are their views on topics such as birth control, pain relief during birth, episiotomy, c-sections, natural birth, and anything else which may relate specifically to you?

  • Look for someone who can accommodate your needs. Anyone who doesn’t listen to you or talks over you is not the ideal doctor. 

What happens when things don’t go as planned? What happens if test results aren’t ideal, you go into labour early, or have a difficult labour?

  • You want to know how they solve problems, how accommodating they are and how much empathy they have. 

The right gynaecologist will ask a new patient many questions, and you will be comfortable answering them. They must be interested in your sexual history, potential trauma, gender identity and any underlying conditions you may have. Knowing what to look for in a gynaecologist often comes from knowing what you don’t like, so don’t be afraid to meet with more than one doctor until you know you’ve found the one. If you’re still looking for the perfect gynaecologist, get in touch with Omni Ultrasound and Gynaecological Care. You can rely on us for your ideal gynaecological care all-in-one clinic, with offices in the Sydney CBD, Penrith Clinic, and St Leonards. 

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.