What to Expect at Your Next Ob-Gyn Appointment Amid—and After—the Coronavirus Pandemic

Originally Published on July 09, 2020 Lifestyle | By Korin Miller

Like so many mundane activities pre-pandemic, going to the ob-gyn used to be a no brainer: You were, say, struggling with a newfound itch (yeast infection?) and wanted to get it checked out by a doc. Or maybe three years flew by and it was suddenly time to get a Pap smear. Whatever the case might be, scheduling and seeing your gyno was, more often than not, fairly straight-forward. But as you well know, life is completely different now thanks to COVID-19, and trips to the lady-parts doctor have changed too.

While in-patient appointments are still happening, many ob-gyns are also offering telehealth visits as well. “I’m doing hybrid of virtual and in-person visits,” says Lauren Streicher, M.D., a professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “Depending on the scenario, we tell some patients they must come in, while others we encourage them not to come in. Some, we give the choice.”

Okay, but how does can telehealth work with an ob-gyn appointment, exactly? And, asking for a friend: Are we talking video chats where you stick your phone down your underwear? Not so much. Here’s what you can expect the next time you need to see your ob-gyn.

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