Opposite gender medical exams, female vs. male gynecologists

@mclendon (308)
United States
May 16, 2008 11:26am CST
I'm curious to see if this is a controversial topic. How do you (women) feel about male gynecologists? Would you rather go to a female gynecologist? What about hospital personnel -like interns, nurses, technicians - would you prefer same gender staff to do procedures, give you exam, etc.?
2 responses
@tessah (6622)
• United States
16 May 08
personally from my own experiences.. id prefer a male. ive found with female gynocologists and lab techs (such as those who perform mamograms) have this closed minded mentality alot of the time. because theyve had the same exams done to them.. and didnt feel a particular way.. they expect that other women should feel the same way they do. ive even had a couple female gynocologists scoff at me.. make such comments as "oh please, that doesnt hurt!" when yes..most certainly sometimes it DOES hurt!! i had to go in for a mamogram.. and the tech was female.. who wasnt very polite at all. i spent the next week in agony bruised from neck to a55 from her expertise, and she blew me off so very casually that the exam wasnt "that big of a deal" it was all i could do to not clock her in the jaw before i left. ive found men to be a bit more gentle and sympathetic and have better bedside mannerisms.
@mclendon (308)
• United States
17 May 08
I've never had anyone be very rough or condescending. My child's Pediatrician was a doctor before being a parent and said he felt like he became a much better doctor once he became a parent. At the time of that conversation, we also talked about not getting advice from a Dietician who was fat. My mentality is: if you don't have the parts and haven't had the experiences then why are you such an expert? I want a doctor who knows what it is like to be a woman. Plus I guess I was raised to be modest and I don't believe a man stops being a man just because he went to medical school, frankly.
@shymurl (2768)
• United States
16 May 08
with my first child I had a female OB/GYN. she was fantastic. I swore I wouldn't have a male OB/GYN. When I moved and got pregnant with my second I didn't have a choice because there were no female OB/GYNs close by. At first I didn't like him but the more I saw him the more we became friends. I have had him as my doctor for the past 8 years now, and can really trust him. As for nurses, with my experience I found that a male nurse has a better bedside manner.