Why is a women's health specialist preferred for women's health issues?

Kathy Snider
Neonatal Nursing

Today, many more women are seeking out health care from women’s health specialists. A woman’s health specialist is focused on providing the care to women in order to empower and strengthen a women’s overall health, and self care. By seeking out a healthcare provider who is a women’s health specialist, you can expect that you will find that your healthcare provider promotes positive images of women and gives you a new perspective on your body and your overall health. Having a women’s health specialist care for you means that these healthcare providers use tools and techniques that value women, based on women's reality and experiences. In a time when women are decision-makers regarding healthcare for their families, and women are faced with more serious healthcare concerns, it is important that women seek out health information so they can become knowledgeable about their normal life stages. Women’s health care specialists have goals that generally seek to empower women through support, education, self-help and services so that they can make the best health care decisions for themselves.

Deborah L. Neiman, MD
Internal Medicine

A women's health specialist can be preferred for women's health issues for both personal and professional reasons for patients.  However, it has to be noted that there is no "perfect" specialist for everyone.

The reason that women health specialist are often preferred has to do with their expertise and comfort with discussing and considering diagnosis and treatment options that are unique to women.  Up to the past 1 to 2 decades, the majority of medical research and recommendations had been based on studies and outcomes that were primarily geared towards men.  However, there has been many new studies that have helped medical professionals and patients realize that health issues may present differently in women and the treatment options may work differently in women.  Therefore, specialist who are trained to handle women's health issues first and foremost, are more focused on the variety of signs and symptoms to look into that are not necessarily the "classic" symptoms that are not unique to women.

The benefit of a women's specialist may also go beyond their unique ability to diagnose and treat but may also have to do with their capacity to relate to the unique challenges that women face and their ability to discuss these issues in more detail.  Women and men can have very different expectations from their physicians and their individual visits and these differences may make women specialist more appealing to many women.

The physician-patient relationship is the cornerstone of good medical care and good outcomes with your health.  Often, a women's health specialist is better equipped to offer a comfortable and positive relationship with women patients and make their experience more rewarding and ultimately, lead to better health.

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