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Old 27.09.2011, 16:36
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Ladies: Help with GP/Gyn/Pill - Zurich

Hi there ladies,

I am new in Zurich and have 3 questions, I am hoping some of you can kindly help me with, by sharing in your wisdom!

I tried to find answers in previous blogs, but did not find exactly what I was looking for. Taking into account I am not feeling too well and this may have effected my search abilities , I apologise in advance if this has been covered elsewhere previously!

1)
I am looking for a good English speaking GP in Zurich (live in Kreis 3). I woke up this morning with quite a bad UTI and have no idea where to start! Do any of you know a good GP that is thorough and could help me out with some antibiotics?
(I am quite cautious, seeing as when I was trying to find a new GP in another country upon arrival, I ended up in ER, because the GP I found did not pay enough attention to my UTI at the time).
Also, if I go to the GP do I pay upfront and claim it from insurance or do I merely present my insurance card?

2)
How do things work here with the Gynecologist? I have lived in a few different countries and each one seems to do things completely differently. Do you have a yearly checkup? Do you approach your own Gyn or go through GP?
Can anyone recommend a good English speaking Gyn in Zurich?

3)
I am on the pill. Do I approach a GP for a prescription here? Is the pill covered by health insurance?

Thank you all so much in advance for your help!
Kimmie
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Old 27.09.2011, 16:48
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Hi Kimmie! I can try to answer a few of your questions -

1) Do you have Swiss health insurance? If so, give them a ring (they maybe have a Telmed number?) and ask what you should do. You may be able to get a prescription over the phone if you can describe your symptoms and note that you've had a UTI before.

As I understand it, if you have Swiss health insurance, you pay upfront for doctor's appointments, even if you've met your deductible.

2. You go to a gynecologist rather than a GP. Basic insurance covers two yearly check-ups, and then a check-up every three years, assuming that the first two ones were normal.

3. The gyn will prescribe the birth control, but birth control is not covered by health insurance. For me, it worked out cheaper just to continue my prescription in the US and get it mail ordered to my parents periodically, even though I don't have US insurance. Just a thought.

Hope you feel better! cranberry juice and water for now! Liters!
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Hi there ladies,

I am new in Zurich and have 3 questions, I am hoping some of you can kindly help me with, by sharing in your wisdom!

I tried to find answers in previous blogs, but did not find exactly what I was looking for. Taking into account I am not feeling too well and this may have effected my search abilities , I apologise in advance if this has been covered elsewhere previously!




I am looking for a good English speaking GP in Zurich (live in Kreis 3). I woke up this morning with quite a bad UTI and have no idea where to start! Do any of you know a good GP that is thorough and could help me out with some antibiotics?
(I am quite cautious, seeing as when I was trying to find a new GP in another country upon arrival, I ended up in ER, because the GP I found did not pay enough attention to my UTI at the time).
Also, if I go to the GP do I pay upfront and claim it from insurance or do I merely present my insurance card?

2)
How do things work here with the Gynecologist? I have lived in a few different countries and each one seems to do things completely differently. Do you have a yearly checkup? Do you approach your own Gyn or go through GP?
Can anyone recommend a good English speaking Gyn in Zurich?

3)
I am on the pill. Do I approach a GP for a prescription here? Is the pill covered by health insurance?

Thank you all so much in advance for your help!
Kimmie
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Old 27.09.2011, 17:14
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Re: Ladies: Help with GP/Gyn/Pill - Zurich

Kimmie, you need to ring
Dr.med. Hans Baumann
Löwenstrasse 65
8001 Zürich
044 221 33 33

It's 100 mts away from the main train station, ZH HB.
There's a new doctor in the practice now and she speaks English, German and Spanish.



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Hi Kimmie! I can try to answer a few of your questions -

1) Do you have Swiss health insurance? If so, give them a ring (they maybe have a Telmed number?) and ask what you should do. You may be able to get a prescription over the phone if you can describe your symptoms and note that you've had a UTI before.

As I understand it, if you have Swiss health insurance, you pay upfront for doctor's appointments, even if you've met your deductible.

2. You go to a gynecologist rather than a GP. Basic insurance covers two yearly check-ups, and then a check-up every three years, assuming that the first two ones were normal.

3. The gyn will prescribe the birth control, but birth control is not covered by health insurance. For me, it worked out cheaper just to continue my prescription in the US and get it mail ordered to my parents periodically, even though I don't have US insurance. Just a thought.

Hope you feel better! cranberry juice and water for now! Liters!
Hi Anowheels,

Thanks so much for all the info! That is really helpful!
I do have Swiss health insurance. I will check if they have a Telmed no.
... "Liters" LOL .. working on it!

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Kimmie, you need to ring
Dr.med. Hans Baumann
Löwenstrasse 65
8001 Zürich
044 221 33 33

It's 100 mts away from the main train station, ZH HB.
There's a new doctor in the practice now and she speaks English, German and Spanish.


Hi Femme T,
Thanks for the contact details. That's conveniently close! Appreciate the help!

Kimmie.
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Old 27.09.2011, 19:12
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Re: Ladies: Help with GP/Gyn/Pill - Zurich

no problem! I'm new here too, so still figuring things out. Getting a UTI is a big fear of mine - I've had enough to dread them! Feel better!
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Old 27.09.2011, 19:20
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Re: Ladies: Help with GP/Gyn/Pill - Zurich

I know! ... the fear..

This might be a good tip for you, in return for your help

I found in the chemist today "Monulab" a UTI home testing kit that has 2 tests in it, consisting of a cup, a dip stick and how to read the results.
Also found "Monurelle" which are cranberry and vit C capsules to help prevent UTI's.

This is their website:
http://www.monulab.ch/de/fur_gesunde_harnwege
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Old 27.09.2011, 19:38
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Re: Ladies: Help with GP/Gyn/Pill - Zurich

Hi kimmie!!!!

I totally agree what anowheels has answered ur question.

I also suggest you to visit your nearest gynecologist.They Guide you well than GP.
From the initial test they make sure ,how badly is your UTI,depending on that they prescribe you the Anitbiotic.Before visiting Gynecologist you can take some prevention like,

1)Drink plenty of water and Push hardly when u Pee.
2)include crannberries in your diet and also Veg or fruits like lemon,orange etc which contain vitamin C.
3)try to avoid using public toilets .Flush once before use and use the toilet sheet if available.
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Hi kimmie!!!!

I totally agree what anowheels has answered ur question.

I also suggest you to visit your nearest gynecologist.They Guide you well than GP.
From the initial test they make sure ,how badly is your UTI,depending on that they prescribe you the Anitbiotic.Before visiting Gynecologist you can take some prevention like,

1)Drink plenty of water and Push hardly when u Pee.
2)include crannberries in your diet and also Veg or fruits like lemon,orange etc which contain vitamin C.
3)try to avoid using public toilets .Flush once before use and use the toilet sheet if available.
Some useful advice although I used to get frequent UTIs and the cranberry thing never worked. If your UTIs are from sex, ask your doctor about prophylactic antibiotics. You take one after sex and that's it.

Hope this isn't too graphic but in my case, it was 100% related not just to sex but my partner's absurd size, which put significant pressure on my bladder. I was getting them every month but then left for school and they stopped completely over 9 months. He came to visit and two days later, worst one ever. This was ten years ago. We broke up and I have not had one since.

So yes, if it's sexually related try prophylactic antibiotics or a new partner. ;p
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thereby proving that size really isn't everything
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Some useful advice although I used to get frequent UTIs and the cranberry thing never worked. If your UTIs are from sex, ask your doctor about prophylactic antibiotics. You take one after sex and that's it.

Hope this isn't too graphic but in my case, it was 100% related not just to sex but my partner's absurd size, which put significant pressure on my bladder. I was getting them every month but then left for school and they stopped completely over 9 months. He came to visit and two days later, worst one ever. This was ten years ago. We broke up and I have not had one since.

So yes, if it's sexually related try prophylactic antibiotics or a new partner. ;p
Isabella is absolutely correct. I had chronic UTIs due to sex. Peeing before and after did not always work. So I was prescribed prophylactic antibiotics. I take one pill after any sex and I am completely fine. Before I worked in South Korea for a year I had my doctor prescribe me a year's worth of pills (estimating how many times you'll have sex isn't fun...). I'm going to do the same before I move to Switzerland for a few months.

Additionally, your cleanliness and that of your partner makes a big difference. Even without the pill afterward, I rarely ever get UTIs with my current boyfriend, but in the past I got them constantly.
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Isabella is absolutely correct. I had chronic UTIs due to sex. Peeing before and after did not always work. So I was prescribed prophylactic antibiotics. I take one pill after any sex and I am completely fine. Before I worked in South Korea for a year I had my doctor prescribe me a year's worth of pills (estimating how many times you'll have sex isn't fun...). I'm going to do the same before I move to Switzerland for a few months.

Additionally, your cleanliness and that of your partner makes a big difference. Even without the pill afterward, I rarely ever get UTIs with my current boyfriend, but in the past I got them constantly.
Even though I don't get UTIs anymore, this thread makes me very happy as I think they're an important women's topic. They may just seem like a nuisance but when you have them all the time, it's beyond debilitating. I was literally peeing blood mine were so bad. I have a cousin who has struggled with them all her life (in her 40s now) and she's down to one every few months, which for her is huge progress. It's super stressful on a relationship. My partner felt terrible and that it was his fault because when apart I had none and if..ahem..self-gratifying..I had none either.

Another thing to keep in mind is when during your cycle you have sex as your hormones/vagina change. It's one reason menopausal women are more prone to UTIs. I was always more likely to get one just after my period.

The peeing before and after sex didn't work for me either but it's still good advice for some women. Ditto on cleanliness although again, my partner and I were bathing right before sex when my UTIs were at their worst and it made not a spot of difference. All it took was a new partner.
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Wire brush and dettol....................
So, the critical questions are which one of you ladies is going to:

- Hold his mouth open?
- Pour in some Dettol?
- Clean him out with the wire brush?

I'll bring us each a pair of rubber gloves for protection. Scrap that. Let's double wrap it and wear two pairs each for extra safety.
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So, the critical questions are which one of you ladies is going to:

- Hold his mouth open?
- Pour in some Dettol?
- Clean him out with the wire brush?

I'll bring us each a pair of rubber gloves for protection. Scrap that. Let's double wrap it and wear two pairs each for extra safety.
Oh and the next time you need dental advice, please don't hijack a thread. Start a new one.
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