Thyroid problems, is a male or female doctor better suited to treat it.

United States
December 9, 2009 3:44pm CST
December 9, 2009 I was wondering if you had thyroid problems and if you think a male or female doctor would be best. Male doctors don't know about the symptoms, only what they read in a medical journal. Women doctors would know about weight loss or gain, mood swings and depression. Who do you think is better suited to treat it.
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• United States
9 Dec 09
I've had 2 female doctors and a male doctor for my thyroid trouble. The first two, (a woman, then a man) didn't help, but the woman I am with now is great. I don't know that gender has a lot to do with how good your thyroid treatment will be, but I do agree with you that women sometimes understand the symptoms better since it is women who usually suffer the problems! Good luck!
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@agv0419 (3022)
• Philippines
10 Dec 09
I don't have thyroid problem but I think the gender of the doctor is not that important as long as they can treat your condition. Maybe the female doctor can relate with us because we have the same structure unlike in the case of male they only diagnose us regarding what they have read and study..
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@celticeagle (156117)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Dec 09
Male doctors don't know about the symptoms? Since when? How could they possibly have their cradentials if they didn't know this? I think either male or female would be fine. Whichever one you are comfortable with. Again, I am perplexed as to why a male doctor wouldn't know the symptoms of thyroid problems--??
• United States
10 Dec 09
I don't mean that they don't know, I meant that they have never experienced them so it would be harder for a man to know what a woman feels.
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@celticeagle (156117)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Dec 09
That is exactly what I thought you meant. And, no, it wouldn't make any difference. A male doctor working on a female should know these things and vice-versa. Many a OBGYN doctor is male. The thing to keep in mind is that both sexes work on both sexes. It just happens that way is all.
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@youless (112000)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Dec 09
I don't think the genders of the doctors will have a difference in this aspect. Actually I went to see a famous thyroid doctor before, and he is a male doctor. He is professional in this aspect. I love China
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• United States
11 Dec 09
Glad you found somebody good.
@Bebs08 (10681)
• United States
11 Dec 09
hahaha I think, female doctors are best suited to cure that problem. Of course they know from experience than most men do. When you talk about mood swings, weight loss and gain, women are expert on that.. hhehehe
• United States
12 Dec 09
I agree with you there.
• India
10 Dec 09
female doctors...r good as thyroid problem is more in womens...
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@Capsicum (1444)
• United States
17 Dec 09
Do you also think that a women should go to female gyno ?Becasue she menses? Thyroid problems are universal, male and female .Problem being men don't go to doctor as often as a female does ,leaving things go.So it seems like women suffer more. If you ever see men with the adams apple,Its a tell tale sign of a thyroid problem.
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• United States
10 Dec 09
I think so too.
@ianina (25)
• Philippines
10 Dec 09
I don't think the gender determines your choice of a doctor. You would have to base it according to their competence, skill and experience. Also your personal preference. Some may be well-inclined to a particular gender, but since this is just endocrine in nature, I don't think it's that significant. :)
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• United States
10 Dec 09
True, good point.
• India
10 Dec 09
First of all, I did not know that only women suffered from thyroid, I thought it was prevalent in both the sexes. Secondly, there are innumerable male gynacs so gender is not important at all. Thirdly, you say that women docs would understand the symptoms better but they also read it in books and theories until and unless they are themselves suffering isn’t it?
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@Capsicum (1444)
• United States
10 Dec 09
Very true males suffer just as much ,but are less likely to pursue the issue. This is why so many problems are thought to be of women only.
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@laglen (19759)
• United States
10 Dec 09
Why would a man not know the symptoms? Men have this problem as well. My brother, now 48 was diagnosed with hypo-thyroid in his teens. My mother was diagnosed at 13, and my grandmother had it as well. I believe any general practice doc can take care of it. Just pay attention to what you take and what the side effects are. A couple meds cause osteoporosis. Thyroid problems cause your heart to speed up or slow down. This is what causes a lot of the problems which then lead to other problems. I am a woman and have no preference for a male or female doctor, I just want somebody that is passionate about their work.
• United States
10 Dec 09
I meant the symptoms that a woman has, a woman doctor would understand more than a man.
@irishmist (3816)
• United States
10 Dec 09
I don't really think it much matters, I think it just depends on how good the Doctor is. I have a resident where I work and she has this problem, and she has a male Doctor and is very happy with him.
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@kun2349 (23381)
• Singapore
10 Dec 09
Well, i dun think there should be any preference as to who shall be the best to treat thyroid problems.. Because there are so many symptons to it, and also different stages.. Whatever does not happen on one person, does not mean it wont affect others too.. haha =D Alot depends on individual.. I have got 2 frenz whom has got the problem.. One of them is facing hunger spells, dizziness, while the other is just feeling weak and cold sweat ^_^ YEt, they are only on medication, without any preferable doctors for treatment.. hehe
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@lyzabelle (1668)
• Philippines
10 Dec 09
My mother suffered thyroid problems for the last 3 years. His doctor is male and specializes on this kind of illness. Thankfully my mother is very well now. I think for me a male or female doctor is fine as long they specializes on this field.
• United States
26 Dec 09
My wife had problems and the female doctor could relate more than the male could.
@daliaj (5674)
• India
10 Dec 09
I don't think it has something do with the gender of the doctor. It is more about how good the doctor is and how comfortable you are with the doctor. Thyroid is not a dangerous disease, but it came became dangerous when it lasts for a long time. My friend had thyroid problem and her doctor said that the problem can even affect the emotions of the person and makes you tensed or angry without a reason.
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@allknowing (130113)
• India
10 Dec 09
It has nothing to do with the gender of a doctor but his/her knowledge. All docotors are equipped with knowledge else they would not be passing their degrees. Also experience counts and most of all your faith in the doctor that you go to. Please go to a doctor whom you trust regardless of the gender.
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• United States
10 Dec 09
True, thanks for your response.
@DenverLC (1143)
• Philippines
10 Dec 09
Gender does not really matter in any illness treatment. What should be considered are the following: First professional standing known to the community, Years of experiences,field of expertise,human relations, personal convenience of the patient, facilities and dedication to the profession.
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• United States
10 Dec 09
True that Denver.
@GardenGerty (156256)
• United States
10 Dec 09
Why would male doctors not know about thyroid symptoms. Yes, it is more prevalent for women to have, but it is not exclusive to women. I think my preference would be for a doctor who is current and innovative, male or female, and who is open to more than a cut and dried answer. But honestly, my male doctor will not even consider that I may have thyroid problems, so I might be better elsewhere.
@ShepherdSpy (8544)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
10 Dec 09
I doubt if the Gender of the Doctor is an issue in this..either they've trained to deal with a particular condition or have the interest in their patients care to relearn what they've forgotten from med school,or they don't.And I sincerely hope it's not an alleged Doctor who doesn't have that interest in their patient's care and welfare that a sufferer would encounter...
@Hatley (163781)
• Garden Grove, California
9 Dec 09
gitfiddleplayer while I have not had thyroid problem, at least not that I a m aware of, I do think that in some things women doctors are more aware of some of the symptoms of thyroid and of many diabetic problems that male doctors just know by the book so to speak. I had a female nursepractioner who was really more up on the latest things for diabetics than my very good male doctor was. Also my gny doctor was a female and I had no problem baring all , and I mean all when it c ame for examinations,as before I really felt embarrassed in every sense of that word with a male doctor. not his fault of course, but I just really felt most uncomfortable. So yes I would opt for a female doctor for thyroid problems as you might feel more comfortable and thats very important when seeing a doctor.
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