One of the best ways to find a good local female OB-GYN is to ask female friends and relatives for a recommendation, suggests WebMD. If you have a primary care physician you trust, ask her for a referral as well.
Before you start searching for a female OB-GYN, take some time to consider your specific needs, notes U.S. News and World Report. If you plan to become pregnant in the next few years, look for a doctor who can meet those needs as well. If you have existing reproductive health issues or other special considerations, make sure your doctor can handle them or is willing to refer you to a specialist.
Once you have a list of possible candidates, do some research on them, according to U.S. News and World Report. Look them up on health care review websites, such as Healthgrades.com. Check to make sure they take your insurance and are board-certified. Check their legal and disciplinary history as well, suggests Parents Magazine. Most doctors are sued a couple of times in their careers, but a large number is cause for concern.
Next, schedule an appointment with the promising candidates, suggests U.S. News and World Report. Ask the doctor about her views on various topics, such as birth control, to make sure they match your values. Use this opportunity to evaluate her bedside manner and make sure you feel comfortable with her.