Choosing your new OB-GYN can be stressful, especially because you’re entrusting them with your personal well-being. You want to make sure you find the right doctor who will give you the best care and answer all your questions. When you have a baby – or want to – it’s important to know that the doctor will provide the right level of prenatal care for both mom and baby.

Here are some questions you should ask your OB-GYN to ensure that they are right for you.

What kind of exams do I need?

If you’re not sure what regular screenings you need, talk to your OB-GYN. Generally speaking, women should get a pelvic exam once they turn 21 and a mammogram every year when they reach 40 years old (this varies depending on your individual health history). Your OB-GYN will help determine what is best for you and can even show you how to perform monthly breast exams on yourself. Beginning with this question offers the opportunity of beginning discussions about your health which could lead into more questions that offer personalized care going forward.

You should also ask your doctor what kind of prenatal care they offer. It’s important to find a doctor who offers the type of care you want, including ultrasounds, blood tests, and more.

What health topics can you help me with?

It’s important to find a doctor who is knowledgeable and able to communicate with patients about topics like contraception, fertility, pregnancy, and childbirth. You should be able to ask your OB-GYN any question you have and receive a knowledgeable answer.

You should get advice that is specific to your unique situation and health history, and your OB-GYN should be able to offer you other health resources and connections with other specialists when needed.

To get a better idea of the health topics your doctor covers, you can also call their office or visit their website.

Why is _____ happening to me?

If you have something specific that needs to be addressed with your OB-GYN, it is important to do so during the appointment. For example: painful sex, irregular periods, heavy flow, or incontinence problems can all be discussed and handled today by an OB-GYN. The more information you share about how you feel and what questions are on your mind will help put their knowledge to work for improving your health.

If I need tests, can I get them done here?

Your OB-GYN may suggest tests like blood or urine screens, and imaging tests like mammograms. Ask if these types of services can be done at your OB-GYN’s office to avoid additional visits that would take up more of your time.

It’s also a good idea to ask when the results will be in and how you’ll get those results. Some results must be given in person while others may be able to be provided over the phone or in an email.

Will I see you every time I come in?

One of the most important things to know about a doctor is if they will be there for you. Even if you have a different primary care physician, it’s vital that your OB-GYN is available when you need them.

Dr. Tepper is the only physician in this office. Other than the three weeks per year he’s on vacation and has other physicians covering for him, you will only see Dr. Tepper, MD, FACOG.

What are your office hours? What happens if you’re not available?

It is important to choose an OB-GYN who will be available during normal office hours, but also including nights and weekends. You should also know what happens if your doctor is unavailable and you need medical care.

Dr. Tepper is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. During the limited time he is away during the year, you’ll be under the care of the prestigious Carnegie Hill Maternal Fetal Medical Specialists.

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Finding the right doctor is a major decision. You want to make sure you find someone who will be there for you and your family, not just now but down the line as well.

Dr. Alex Tepper has been offering pregnancy, gynecology, and family planning services in his solo practice for more than 20 years on the upper East Side of Manhattan. With this much experience under his belt, Dr. Tepper is more than prepared to handle your health needs during pregnancy and after birth as well as your general reproductive health care needs such as contraception planning or gynecological consultations.

Schedule a consultation at our office today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.


Whether you are a new or returning patient, Dr. Tepper can assess your concerns and discuss your options to find the most comfortable and convenient care for you. To get started, call our office to set up an appointment.