Choosing the right doctor for one’s gynecological needs can seem like a daunting prospect. Especially when it comes to deciding on whether to see a male or female doctor. Luckily, resources and recommendations can make it easier than ever to choose a doctor one can feel comfortable with and receive top-notch care at the same time.
No Longer a Man’s World
It used to be that there were very few women gynecologists in practice. Most women only had the choice of which male doctor they would see, not whether they would be able to choose a man or woman physician.
Times have changed. According to one report, as of 2015, 85 percent of all gynecology residents were female, making a once male-dominated specialty more focused on female practitioners. Regardless of these numbers, there is still a great balance of both male and female gynecologists in practice to choose from. It really comes down to a matter of preference and deciding whether one would be more comfortable with a male or female doctor.
Breaking Through Stereotypes
Unfortunately, archaic ideas and prejudices that have no basis in today’s realm of medicine may still invade the ob/gyn practice. One that perpetuates is that male gynecologists don’t have the same anatomy and therefore cannot be compassionate or understanding to female issues. This simply isn’t true. Many women report preferring seeing male gynecologists over females, with some indicating they feel male physicians don’t minimize their symptoms or thoughts around their gynecological health. The idea that a male doctor cannot be caring and compassionate is absurd.
On the flip side, some women are led to believe that female doctors aren’t capable of practicing solid medicine. This backward-thinking mindset also couldn’t be farther from the truth. Female doctors are held to the exact same standards male doctors are, and must have the same experience and knowledge as that of their male counterparts.
Important Questions to Ask
A woman may have specific preferences for choosing a male or female gynecologist. In these cases, it’s a pretty straightforward decision-making process. For the rest of the female population, however, it may not be that simple.
The following questions can help a woman decide whether she’d prefer to work with a male or female doctor to address her gynecological needs.
- What kind of qualifications do the prospective doctors have?
- Is he or she highly regarded in the community?
- Is there a specific reason one gender over the other might be preferred?
- Are there other reasons that might play into the decision?
Obviously, choosing a doctor is a very personal decision that must be made by the patient. Her comfort and confidence in her doctor must be at the top of the list.
Are you ready to find the best gynecologist for your needs? Give us a call at the Institute for Women’s Health (210) 349-6626 or visit our website to book an appointment with one of our excellent doctors today!