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Ayesha, Alumni Mentor (@ayeshasharma)

LGBT / LGBTQI+ Friendly Medical Care

LGBTQIA Health | Last Active: Dec 22, 2021 | Replies (15)

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@doslovesdogs21

Hi everyone! Thanks for the well wishes and information — I am hoping today for (maybe?) reassurance and suggestions. I was assigned to a PCP and I am unsure how LGBTIQ+ friendly she is. I tried to call and request a provider (Natalie Erbs, M.D.) who specifically lists herself as focused around women's health, obstetrics, and LGBTIQ+ health/wellness — which seemed perfect!! — but she is not taking new patients. I am feeling anxious about finding a good fit in a provider, and I'm honestly a little bit let down to not get to see the one person I felt "sure" about.

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@doslovesdogs21 I have had that experience myself, not getting the provider I was hoping for. My suggestion is to go in with an open mind that you will be receiving quality care. Explain to the PCP assigned to you, what your expectations are, and inquire if they will meet that. Give them the opportunity to do the right thing by you, and thank them if they do. As patients, we often have to advocate for ourselves.

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Ginger

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