I have used a male OB/Gyn ever since I started going to see one (oh about 20 years or so). I have never been to a female doctor. I have friends who swear by them. They say only a female doctor could really understand what they are feeling. They would NEVER go to a male doctor. Others (like myself) prefer male doctors. Maybe it's phychological on my part? I don't know why, but the thought of another female poking around in there makes me uncomfortable.
Who do you prefer? Is there really that much of a difference? Are female doctors more sensitive than males? Or is that dependant on the doctor? I thought my male doctor was sensitive, thoughtful and caring. He also had a great sense of humor. Who do you work for?
The reason why I am asking this is I have recently moved. There is an all female practice about 5 minutes away from me. My regular doctor is a good 25 minutes. I don't know if it is worth the switch or just stay with him.
Jul 1, '04
I've known kind, sensitive OB/GYNS who were male and who were female. Also the opposite. It's more about the individual than the gender. The most unpleasant GYN I ever went to was a woman (my father, another physician in the community, tried to warn me that I wouldn't like her, but I wouldn't listen ... :chuckle ).
Last edit by elkpark on Jul 2, '04
Jul 1, '04
I don't care.....what I want in a physician (or nurse for that matter) are these traits:
*gender* has not a thing to do with any of those attributes in my book. I have seen many OB/GYN's through the years, beginning in my teen years --- ( I mean MANY)---- for varying reasons, from delivery of my kids, to major gyn surgery x3, menstrual issues, all the way to perinatal losses and treatment. Their "ratings" in my mind had nothing to do with being male or female. There were good and not so good in both genders. I am lucky in that the "good" outweighed the "bad" in my experience!
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Jul 1, '04