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Primary Care Doctor: Male or Female?

Primary Care Doctor: Do You Prefer a Male or Female?

Of course when it comes to seeing a gynecologist, I'd much rather see a female doctor. I feel more comfortable talking to a fellow woman about my lady business. When it comes to seeing a regular primary care doctor, I really have no preference either way. As long as the doc is a good listener and dispenses good advice I am happy with a female or a male physician.

So I was wondering . . .


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Evelyn3756 Evelyn3756 8 years
I prefer an older, personable and confident male doctor for both my general medical and ob/gyn care and my fiance values the same qualities in his lady doc. I just believe that in general a member of the opposite sex will try harder to win you over, be more sensitive in his or her approach. My fiance recently indicated that he'd learned more about his body from his lady doc than from all of the males in his past put together; there are no homophobic issues with either party as she's female / he's male and she actually takes time to explain the "what" and the "why" or all exam procedures, even when doing the "down there" bit (which conveys a high degree of comfort and confidence on her part I must say).
skypoem skypoem 8 years
I've had both male and female doctors growing up, but I would always opt for a male physician if I had a choice. I think that male physicians are better at listening to my body woes and they take my concerns more seriously. Ergo, they're able to give me a more proper diagnosis. Female doctors on the other hand, they're either emotionally unstable or their mind is NOT with them at work; leading to an unpleasant or uncertain doctor's visit. So yeah, my primary care physician is a male! :]
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
Primary care I'm all for equality. Now OB/GYN, that's another story. I want someone who has the same equipment as me.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i don't really have a preference. i think that i always used to prefer female doctors - but lately all of mine have been men and i'm ok with that.
smart-blonde smart-blonde 9 years
I love, love my PCP and he's male. He listens when I talk. My Ob-Gyn is male, too, and he tied my tubes with no arguments (I don't have kids) and helped remedy my wicked PMS. The female rheumatologist I saw when I had joint pain, however, breeder-bingoed the hell out of me and the one time I had a female PCP, she told me she didn't have time to address my migraines because I had an HMO. Generally, my experience has been positive with male doctors and negative with female, but if a doctor is good I really don't care.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
brookrene brookrene 9 years
I wont ever choose a female PCP. I will only see males. I must say my PCP is my gyno, so that's easy. But if i chose another one i couldn't say i'd choose a female over a male. Guess I'm old-fashioned? I can't think of any other reason to explain it!
emalove emalove 9 years
My PCP is a male...I love him, he's been my doctor since I was about 15 years old. He's also my mother's and my sister's doctor, so he knows pretty much everything about our family. I feel really comfortable with him.
fmw fmw 9 years
I prefer female because otherwise I neglect to 'address certain issues' when dealing with a male PCP, though the two BEST docs I ever had were both male!
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Male or Female as long as the doctor is competent, compassionate and knowledgeable I don't care what gender they are.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
female gyno all the way. She has the same body parts as I do, so when she says its only a pinch - she actaully knows what that feels like. She can understand my cramps and every thing else. I just dont believe a male can truely understand and appreciate that.
saidalice saidalice 9 years
Assuming they both went to med school, I don't see why it would matter either way. You're a woman. Get used to it. :)
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I have never had a female anything either.
kia kia 9 years
I have never had a female primary care physician now that I think about it.
javsmav javsmav 9 years
Well, I feel bad saying this b/c my boyfriend is a doctor, but I prefer female doctors. For everything--general practitioner, gyno, dermatologist, sports medicine, and even the dentist. I'll go to male doctors--especially if I have a referral. I don't go out of my way to find a female doctor (except for a gyno & dentists after a bad experience with a male dentist), but I just feel better when the doctor is female.
Puzzle2397 Puzzle2397 9 years
For primary care, definitely a woman for me. Although, I see my endocrinologist more than my primary care doctor (I guess cause I've been seeing him since I was 13), and even though he's male, I guess from knowing him so long I can discuss more "feminine"-type things with him fairly easy. And I generally do have to discuss them every time I see him, cause having thyroid problems sure does mess with hormones...and EVERY PART Of YOUR BODY IMAGINABLE...grr...
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 9 years
I would never see a male gyno. It's just plain weird, and to laura, wow thats even creepier that some are perverts. Doesn't surprise me though. Not to mention, I can relate with a female on these issues way more than I can with a male. How can he even begin to understand what it's like, if he doesn't even have those body parts??? I know they study it, but you still don't know what it's like unless you are a woman.
laura6567 laura6567 9 years
I don't care about primary care. My sister's a primary care physician, and I know her patients love her (as evident by all the Christmas gifts she gets from them). As far as ob/gyn, I prefer female, just because she's told me about all the perverted males who work in the field.... It's really creepy to hear how the doctors refer to their patients who are IN LABOR as "hot." She said ideally a gay male ob/gyn is the best, haha unfortunately you can't pick a dr. based on their sexual preference. Her husband, also a doctor, has said he wouldn't want her going to a male ob/gyn.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I don't care either way, but I actually Don't prefer a female gyno. I don't know why, but most of mine have been males and I like them all better. My last primary was a woman and she was the biggest moron ever. I had to have ankle surgery and I went in and told her everything that was going on (I had seen a foot dr in the past so knew what the deal was) and she replies in a snotty voice "Well we'll see about that" and then when I showed her my foot she repeated everything I said. When I mentioned that she goes "Well I'm the doctor here" Oh okay. thanks for being so friendly.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I feel more comfortable with a female, but that's because of certain issues I have...
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