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Which Do You Prefer: A Male or Female Gynecologist?

So from looking at the poll results from the question: "Which would you rather do - go to the dentist or go to the gynecologist?" It looks like most of you would prefer going to get your teeth drilled over getting a pap smear.

Well, nannychica gave me a great idea for a follow-up poll. It's clear that many of you obviously don't like going to the gyno, but when you have to go, which do you prefer going to, a male or a female?

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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).
howie howie 8 years
I am not a fundamentalist. I am actually a Southern Baptist. We need to stop assuming that the medical industry can do anything. Medical professionals often do things such as abortions that are against God’s will. I encourage you to look at Leviticus 18. It prohibits you to be naked in front of the opposite sex. It is strange that women are told as kids after a certain age that they cannot let men including their fathers see them. Then they are told later that they need to submit to intimate exams by a male doctor. It’s sickening to think that mothers rush their teen daughters off to male doctors to be examined. Male gynecologists are not above men morally. They are men like other men.
howie howie 8 years
The bond between a husband and wife is very special because each has pledged themselves to the other. This bond is strengthened and encouraged by the modesty of the couple. Saving some things to be admired solely by one’s spouse gives a sense of privilege, honor and intimacy. Anytime a person exposes their body to a member of the opposite sex they take away a part of the marriage intimacy and chance weakening the bonds between a husband and wife. This intimacy is further weakened by the encouragement of the medical establishment for women to expect to be examined intimately and for a woman to reveal intimate thoughts to her doctor, regardless of the reason for the visit to the doctor. — Misty
skypoem skypoem 8 years
Just in my life, men have always, ALWAYS taken better care of me than women. So I thought, why not choose a male "girly doctor?!" And really, I feel really awkward about having a woman examine me.. I have a male physician and I just love the guy! He always has warm hands (good, good feeling); he's always so gentle and tender. Plus, always he treats me, my body and my concerns with so much respect. Women/We on the other hand, tend let their/our emotions and life issues get in the way =/ Oh, and the cold hands!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Ironically, I find male doctors to be more gentle. Right now, I have a male doctor who I've seen for about ten years. He's great.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I prefer a female simply because if it's a man, they have to have a "helper" by law. I find a doctor looking at my vagina to be a fairly normal experience, but the girl in the room looking bored, trying not to look at my vagina, and just all around being AWKWARD is very annoying.
sarasonne sarasonne 9 years
Let's be honest, it's awkward no matter who is looking at you while in those darn stirrups! I usually go with male only because it's a lot quicker to get an appt that way.
ebbiebright ebbiebright 10 years
i just go to my mom's, who happens to be a male and it's never really bothered me. to me it would feel awkward whether it was a man or a woman.
lms lms 10 years
Oh..the midwifes were nurse practitioners.
lms lms 10 years
When I was pregnant I went to a practice that made you rotate through the doctors and midwifes, so that whoever was on call when you went in to labor, you would be familiar with. All of the men were very gentle, and the midwife's were gentle. One very manly female doctor was horrible. I actually signed documents that she could not deliver my baby. I ended up with one of the midwifes and I have always seen her since.
MiRi81 MiRi81 10 years
I prefer female gynecologists. I just feel weird with a man. A woman knows what it's really like and I can talk to her better than I would to a man. My gynecologist is a female and she's great.
krisua krisua 10 years
IF it was a man.. I'd go back from the door at the very moment I saw him.
baltimoregal baltimoregal 10 years
I had a creepy male gyno once (and I mean once- I'm no fool). But, I also once had (for quite a while) a completely unsympathetic and heartless female qyno and you don't feel like that's a good enough excuse to leave. So, I looked for a great internist (and ended up with a female). I am having her recommend a qyno based on what she knows. I'll go from there, male or female. BaltimoreGal
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
Just to elaborate, I will go to a male doctor if I have to. Sometimes specialists are mostly guys and if you want an appointment you take what you can get.
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
If given a choice I won't even go to a male general practitioner. I don't want men to touch me with a stethoscope, let alone a metal duck. But I had a somewhat bad experience with a male doctor when I was young, so my fears aren't entirely irrational.
reeveske reeveske 10 years
I thought i would always need to have a female OB/GYN cause thats what I thought I'd only be comfortable with. But when I went to the hospital for a week for kidney problems, the GYN was a male, and he was so great taking care of me. (I had a urologist and an ob/gyn in the hospital) Whenever he would come to see me, I would feel a sense of relief (it might be because he reminded me of my grandfather - is that weird?). I've been going to him ever since, and I love him. But part of me still wonders if it's cause he helped me during vulnerable time (there was a lot of poking and prodding cause they couldnt diagnose me for a few days) or if it's cause im now comfortable that he's a male.
smart-blonde smart-blonde 10 years
I really don't care if my gyn is male or female. They're doctors. They've seen it all. And my male gyn never gave me ANY trouble about getting my tubes tied even though I don't have kids. He's professional and knowledgeable and got me on a pill that doesn't make me crazy. That's all I really need from any doctor.
carito8 carito8 10 years
My first gynecologist was a woman, it was the worst experience of my life! She was really mean and got me so scared that I almost stared crying right there( I was 19). Then I went to another female and it was ok but still I did not feel comfortable talking to her (maybe is because I don't have many female friends and I've always prefer male friends). Now I have a male and it's great, I can talk to him and he just do his job, ask what he needs to ask and it doesn't feel like an intruder asking me question, he goes to the point. He's the best! I would never see a woman again!
justabby justabby 10 years
I prefer a woman doctor. It is also important that she is a good listener and someone I trust.
la_clique la_clique 10 years
I always thought I would prefer a woman, but I've had both and as long as the doctor is professional and listens, I really don't care. My mom and sister go to a great male gyno, and I currently have a female. I really like her, but I like her because she is helpful and caring, not because of her sex.
Luxury-Diva Luxury-Diva 10 years
I would rather have a female gynocologist because It is awkward enough to go to the Dr. and lay there spread wide open! I think a woman knows a woman Best!!!
katie225 katie225 10 years
maybe it's because i'm young and i don't have a lot of sexual issues that could be too embarrassing, but i don't care what the gender of the doctor is, as long as they know what they're doing. having an hmo, i really don't have much of a choice in the matter. i just have to go to my general practitioner. who happens to be a male.
ENoel ENoel 10 years
Just checked out Natalie Dee comics and I'm in love. Thank you to 'redsox' for the link. Too funny!
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