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Dear Poll: Male or Female Gyno?

Going to the gynecologist isn't a very pleasant experience to begin with, which is why it's so important to find a doctor you're comfortable with. Most women I know prefer female doctors — they feel they're easier to relate to — but I know that many women out there opt for a male doctor instead. No one is better than the other so tell which you prefer!


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myprivatespace myprivatespace 8 years
I've had 3 female docs. a male assistant accompanied the 1st doc and it was really disgusting to see him peep inside while she was away washing her gloves. "Females always" because u know they are not in any way going to explore things down there for their own benefit. But female docs have a strange problem of advising as if I am here for counselling. The 1st and 3rd accused me for having pre-marital sex etc. like, i know i will marry him when the right time comes. But my experience with the 2nd gyno was rather good as she rather prescribed me do's and dont's for healthy sex. The difference is the age and mentality of the doctor who are "forward and straight-forward", and to some extent their gender as well.
lisaj89 lisaj89 8 years
I absolutely love my male gyno! He is the nicest Dr I have ever had. He was very concerned about me being comfortable (yea right!) during my first exam. Also he was nice enough to bring me to his office first so I didn't think he would "run at me with a speculum". I believe male gynos are actually MORE gentle with woman b/c they know we dread that appointment and he doesn't know what we feel. I think a female dr is less sympathetic b/c she knows what it's like to have that pap. Some male doctors ARE jerks but I think it all depends on the personality.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
I have no problem showing my goods to any health care professional. My general practitioner is a man and when I felt a lump in my breast he checked it out for me. Altho my gyno is a female. I trust a woman more because she can relate to what I as a woman am going through. NO MAN, no matter how many books he reads will ever understand what it is like to physically be a woman.
pillowchats pillowchats 8 years
I have a female gyno but according to my friend, who goes to a male gyno, males are more careful and more sensitive so it doesn't hurt as much. I guess they are more afraid of lawsuits of all kind.
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 8 years
LoveSarah! OMG. I would sue him! how rude and unprofessional!! yeah i want a female doctor. i just don't want a dude up in my junk! [unless of course he's my boyfriend/hubby]
smaine07 smaine07 8 years
Male definitely.. All the female doctors I have seen have been not so nice..the men seem to be more gentle (haha) and they listen better (weird, right?!?)
bbkf bbkf 8 years
I've had both a female and male gynos...made no difference to me.
Advah Advah 8 years
I've seen both, and even though I always thought I'd always stick to a female gyno, the male doctors I saw were actually MUCH more nicer, gentle and understanding.
Rebecca14916991 Rebecca14916991 8 years
I've only ever had a female one, so I'm not really sure, but I will say that it was an immense relief to have another woman to talk to when I had problems and was in tears. She could reassure me from experience it would be all right, and it made a world of difference!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Female only.
brookrene brookrene 8 years
It doesn't really matter to me...but I've only ever had a male doctor in any type of capacity.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
SaraJ, I think it's ... interesting that you use the words "man" and "girl" for male and female professionals, respectively, that have four years of undergraduate and 7+ years of med school and training. She's not a "girl" - she's a "doctor."
SaraJ451 SaraJ451 8 years
I've had my femaleness examined rather thoroughly and very intimately on a regular basis by my male partners; but never by another girl. It just seems more natural to get the professional evaluation from a man.
Tokyosugar Tokyosugar 8 years
sympathetic gyn best, I7ve had both male and female: 2 women 2 men, I liked the ones one male one female that we most sympathetic with me when i was worried about something.
PamiP PamiP 8 years
I used to have the mentality that I wouldnt go to a dentist without a mouth. . . . . I went to 3 different female doctors, all of which sucked. I switched to a male dr because one of the females blew off a medical emergency, and I still travel over an hour to see him after I moved away. He turned out being 100 times more gentle and caring than any of the women I saw, so needless to say it doesn't matter to me what he's got in his pants!
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Either. I've had both and I didn't really see a difference in either.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Personally, I am more comfortable with a femal gyno. It is easier for me to discuss any issues with them.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
I don't care either way, but I'm not surprised by the number of women that prefer female doctors. As for the stupid accusations of "why would a man want this job" -- the average OB-GYN in the USA makes over $200K per year. It's more specialized than being a family physician, but less stressful than being a surgeon. Furthermore, women's health is interesting. That's why. aside: I've never had bad period cramps either. Being a woman hardly means you've suffered in a similar situation as your patients. My only responses to this situation will be from my training, which is identical to that of the next male doctor.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
Female. Even though they have the training male gynos can't possibly understand what I mean when I say I have bad period cramps.
LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
I had a male gyno once and he was a jerk. I was complaining of pain and he told me, in front of my mother, that I was making it up and just wanted attention. I switched to a female doctor who was much nicer a few years after that, and I was just diagnosed with endometriosis a month ago. So I was really making it up, huh?
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I was going to say the same thing Sprinkibrio :)
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