Do you prefer a male or female gynecologist, or does it not matter?

Do you prefer a male or female gynecologist, or does it not matter?

Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
My family members think I'm nuts because I didn't insist on a female gynecologist. I think gender isn't important as long as the doctor is good at what s/he does. What about you guys?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
I prefer a female gynecologist
147  (57%)
I prefer a male gynecologist
23  (9%)
Doesn't matter to me
75  (29%)
Other (please explain)
14  (5%)
Total votes: 259
Poll is closed
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MaryExy MaryExy
I just want to switch from the one I have. She is also my mom's doctor and goes to the church my mom plays organ at. It felt highly awkward saying "yes, I'm sexually active" on the second visit, and I'm thinking it will be awkward asking to start getting a regular STD checkup...
05/30/2011
shentel shentel
I prefer a female so much better than feeling out of place with a male.
05/30/2011
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
Quote:
Originally posted by MaryExy
I just want to switch from the one I have. She is also my mom's doctor and goes to the church my mom plays organ at. It felt highly awkward saying "yes, I'm sexually active" on the second visit, and I'm thinking it will be ...
Trips to the gynecologist are are awkward enough, I'd definitely switch if the person was a church-associate of my mom.
05/30/2011
Rossie Rossie
I prefer a female gynecologist, I'm more comfortable discussing my body with her.
05/30/2011
Chilipepper Chilipepper
After public health sprang a male one on me (who acted like I should be used to having hard-edged things shoved in and pulled out of me in a space of 20 seconds, along with my ovaries being slapped from above) which traumatized me (when the nurse came back in with my things after I dressed, she found me curled up in a corner and muttering threats against India-Indian male doctors), I've insisted on female practitioners since.

At least the female ones understand that we're not open wide enough for a baby to pass through when we're NOT in labor.
05/30/2011
Possibly Normal Possibly Normal
Quote:
Originally posted by Petite Valentine
My family members think I'm nuts because I didn't insist on a female gynecologist. I think gender isn't important as long as the doctor is good at what s/he does. What about you guys?
I have only had one female Gyn and I was not pleased with her bedside manner. I like male doctors for everything though. I have just had a better experience all around with males.
05/30/2011
ss143 ss143
I prefer a woman because I feel that they have a better understanding of what im going through or asking about other than just going by text book knowledge.
05/30/2011
Sammi Sammi
It doesn't matter much to me - I've had good ones and bad ones, both male and female.
05/30/2011
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Quote:
Originally posted by Petite Valentine
My family members think I'm nuts because I didn't insist on a female gynecologist. I think gender isn't important as long as the doctor is good at what s/he does. What about you guys?
So long as my doctor listens to me and doesn't patronize me I don't care what gender they are. I also only shower before an exam and perform only what grooming I would normally perform, my first gyno told me that she wanted to see my body in it's day to day state so she could better help me to be a participant in my own healthcare. It just made sense...most recently a pretty nasty developing bacterial infection was caught very early because my doctor was able to see my lady bits in their natural state rather than all shaved and perfumed. Seems my crabby love garden fdoesn't like birth control pills, or maybe the bacteria therein like it a little too much!
05/30/2011
Maeby Maeby
Quote:
Originally posted by ss143
I prefer a woman because I feel that they have a better understanding of what im going through or asking about other than just going by text book knowledge.
I agree. I'm also extremely modest, so I'm more comfortable with a female doctor.
05/30/2011
zizfaye zizfaye
I haven't ever had a male gyn. I switched my general practitioner from a male to a female and since then I have always preferred having female doctors for almost everything.
05/30/2011
The Curious Couple The Curious Couple
My fiancee goes to a female gynecologist and she's very happy with that.
05/30/2011
Dusk Dusk
I've only had one gyno appointment so far and it was with a women because that's all the campus health center will let you have. I don't think I'd mind either way.
05/31/2011
kjkitty kjkitty
I want someone who understand what it is to be a female.
05/31/2011
Rayne Millaray Rayne Millaray
I've only ever had male gynos. Female midwives and nurses, but my OB/GYN has always been male. My mom picked my first one. The others I chose from the docs that worked with Planned Parenthood. But it's not so much a preference as just how things have happened. And I've never had an issue.

Well, except the one who had shit bedside manner. He was a really good doc, he just had no idea how to talk to people.
05/31/2011
froggiemoma froggiemoma
I have only seen 2 in my life one was a female the other a male and i prefer the male
05/31/2011
Eucaly Eucaly
Quote:
Originally posted by Petite Valentine
My family members think I'm nuts because I didn't insist on a female gynecologist. I think gender isn't important as long as the doctor is good at what s/he does. What about you guys?
A female is more comfortable.
05/31/2011
indiglo indiglo
Gender does not matter to me, as long as the doctor is good at what they do. I've had both over the years, and I've had bad OB/GYNs of both genders. I currently have a woman who I love. I don't love her because she's a woman, but because she's an excellent doctor. We have a very open dialogue about my sex life, and my reproductive health. She takes her time, explains things, allows me to ask any questions I might have, and creates a very open/non-judgmental spirit in her practice.
05/31/2011
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Quote:
Originally posted by indiglo
Gender does not matter to me, as long as the doctor is good at what they do. I've had both over the years, and I've had bad OB/GYNs of both genders. I currently have a woman who I love. I don't love her because she's a woman, but ...
Priceless in a doctor let alone an ob/gyn!
05/31/2011
deletedacct deletedacct
I doesn't really matter but i feel more comfortable with a female gynecologist. They have a vagina, i have a vagina- vagina connection?
05/31/2011
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
Quote:
Originally posted by deletedacct
I doesn't really matter but i feel more comfortable with a female gynecologist. They have a vagina, i have a vagina- vagina connection?
You would think, but I once had an internal pelvic sonogram done by a female tech and she was the least compassionate person I ever met. She couldn't seem to grasp that shoving a HUGE piece of HARD plastic into my vagina is UNCOMFORTABLE when I'm not in the mood, no matter how much lube she used. By comparison, the male tech was very careful, gentle, and continuously asked if I was alright.
05/31/2011
Miss Anonymous Miss Anonymous
Female, Only because i have a history of sexual abuse and men make me uneasy.
although the one male doctor i did have was AMAZING!! and after the exam i told him the truth and he set me up with the best female doctor in his eyes. I'm very grateful for him.
05/31/2011
daniel and frances daniel and frances
Quote:
Originally posted by Petite Valentine
My family members think I'm nuts because I didn't insist on a female gynecologist. I think gender isn't important as long as the doctor is good at what s/he does. What about you guys?
It's silly, but I like a woman.
05/31/2011
Rockin' Rockin'
With women OBGYNs (and nurse practitioners), my experiences have all been good or at least positive. With male OBGYNs, I've had one good experience and one bad experience. I know it really depends on bedside manner and compassion; I admit I usually feel more comfortable with a woman doctor, but I think I've just been lucky in my experiences.
05/31/2011
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
If I were to go to one again, I'd prefer a male. The females I met just seemed to be all too pushy and had this attitude like every other female should feel fine flashing them their parts whenever and for whatever just because they happen to be the same gender. The males just want to get it over with.
06/01/2011
Inwitari Inwitari
I recently switched my gyno because the one I had before just wasn't doing a good job of helping me. My new gyno is amazing, I love her. She saved my life (literally and figuratively). So I definitely prefer a female, especially if they really care about their patients.
06/02/2011
PiratePrincess PiratePrincess
I'd rather have a female, but I would be okay with a male if need be. I really like the one I have now though
06/02/2011
brittany8612 brittany8612
I think I'd prefer a female ob/gyn, but there's only male ones in my area, and he's pretty great
06/04/2011
AlaskanBeauty AlaskanBeauty
I think male rather than female
06/04/2011
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