Do I Need A Referral To See A Gynaecologist In South Africa?

Seeing a gynaecologist is essential for every woman. Many of us feel anxious or uncomfortable about seeing a gynaecologist, but seeing one is important for your reproductive health. Many are unsure, however, whether they need a referral to visit a gynaecologist in South Africa.

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As a specialist gynaecologist passionate about delivering reproductive health care to women of all ages, we uncover all you need to know.

Do I Need A Referral To See A Gynaecologist?

Generally speaking, a GP referral is not necessary to see a gynaecologist. Most gynaecologists are happy to see you without a referral, but there are some cases where a referral could be useful, for example:

  • If you are looking for a recommendation for a new gynaecologist.
  • If you need specialist care and need to see a specific gynaecologist.
  • If you are looking for a gynaecologist in a certain area or medical aid network.

In most cases, gynaecologists are happy to take direct referrals without you needing to see a GP first.

When Should I See A Gynaecologist? 

Typically, you should start seeing a gynaecologist when you become sexually active, when you turn 21, or if you are having menstruation problems. Visiting the gynaecologist is a safe space where you will be able to discuss any female health issues or concerns you have as well as receive guidance about birth control and sexual health.

How Often Should I Go To The Gynaecologist?

Once you have been to the gynaecologist for the first time, it is recommended that you go for annual appointments for a check-up. Gynaecologists are trained to spot health issues specific to women and will do some tests to ensure you are in good health. You will need a pap smear every year to screen for cancer and a pelvic exam to ensure everything is looking as it should. It is also a good opportunity to ask any questions, discuss symptoms or talk about birth control.

If you are unsure whether or not you need a referral to see a gynaecologist, you can always call their practice and ask. If you are looking for a caring, friendly gynaecologist in Durban, Dr Nitesh is here for you. Contact us today to make your appointment.