Not satisfied with your doc and thinking about making a switch? Here's how to do it -- the smooth way.
Momlogic's Talitha: I have been seeing the same OB/GYN for over ten years, but recently I've had this nagging feeling that I should consider switching. Mistakes were slipping through the cracks, she wasn't as attentive, and frankly, I wasn't happy with the service. On the other hand, she has ten years of my history, she knows me and all of my issues, and I am quite comfortable there. If I do decide to move, how do I break up with her the right way? Momlogic's Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz who gave me the 411 on how to do it the right way:
Dr. Gilberg-Lenz's advice:
Openly discuss the issues that are making you feel like you need to seek care elsewhere with your doc, or at least let him or her know that you need to transfer care. Although it may be awkward to have this conversation, it's the mature thing to do, especially after such a long relationship. Most of us do not take it super personally. It's not that we don't care for and about our patients and our relationships with them, but the patient has to take responsibility for her care and if she is not satisfied in some way, it is incumbent upon her to make changes.
Dr. Lenz says there is such a person that is never satisfied with their care, and that switching around until they get what they want, which may not be the most appropriate. Ultimately, says Dr. Lenz, "It's just like any other relationship."