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Mine is Female. She was my gyn before my OB and knows me well. I do know people who went to her and but after the male OB at the same practice delivered their child they stayed with him. I am not sure it matters too much as whoever is on-call delivers your baby, unless it is during the day.
I see a group, so my doctors are both male and female.
I haven't cared all along, but this last month I've preferred the female doctors- smaller hands for those painful internals =P
g00dg0llymsm0lly:I see a group, so my doctors are both male and female.I haven't cared all along, but this last month I've preferred the female doctors- smaller hands for those painful internals =P
LOL! OMG I didn't even think about that! I called a office for a male OB, he had really awesome specialties (according to the hospitals website). They are going to call me back and let me know if they will accept me since I am 36 weeks but honestly now I am nervous. Our first appointment (I will be 37 weeks then) will consist of him doing an internal. UGH!
For me it's about their attitude etc. My current ob/gyn is the only male I've ever had but he is also my favorite! Sorry, that probably isn't very helpful....
I don't think what's between a doctor's legs has anything to do with the kind of doctor they are. I used to think a female ob/gyn would be a better and more caring doctor because they have vaginas themselves. Now that I have more experience with ob/gyn care, I don't believe that at all. In fact, in my own encounters with ob/gyns, the men have generally been more empathetic than the women.
I think what matters most is a doctor's clinical skills and how you feel about them. If you can't get comfortable seeing a male ob/gyn, then obviously that's a factor.
I've only been to female doctors in my adult life, but that's really more of a coincidence than anything else. I find that most OB's around here are female.
It's funny though because all of my family that is a generation ahead of me always refers to my doctor as a "he" until I correct them. I think they are just used to the world of male OBs and female nurses!
Mine is a guy and I love him!
He's straight to the point without all of the scare tactics/over-worrying/paranoia my female perinatal dr. seemed to do in my first pregnancy.
He's also compassionate without being dramatic.
If I had a female OB with a better personality I don't think it'd bother me. I just stick with the male I have because we share a similiar philosophy, delivered many many babies and I naturally trust him.
It isn't a factor for me. I've had good and bad doctors of both sexes. I'm currently seeing a male doctor and he's awesome. Very warm and caring and easy to talk to.
I will say I've had more bad experiences with male doctors so until I met my current OB I was a little biased. It wasn't right though and now I try not to let their gender or sex influence my opinion of them.
Personally I stick to female ob/midwives. I started this pregnancy with an Ob group of all women docs and have since switched to a midwifery practice of all women. Fortunately, we are in a big city with lots of female doc/midwife options. I did see one female gyne a while ago who I didn't like so after one annual visit, I just switched.
I swore off male ob/gyns after a couple bad experiences. When I wasn't pregnant, I had an episode of horiffic, debilitating pain--which I suspect was an ovarian cyst bursting, but there's no way to confirm that after it bursts. The male dr did an exam the next day and said, "well, you are gassy--are you sure it wasn't gas pain?" I realized he would NEVER understand. Another time w/this doc, I had a UTI that cleared up but I was still having pain & rather than help with a referral or pain med or anything, he basically said there's nothing he can do. I was his gyne patient & I think he was totally focused on his ob patients. I'd been with him 10 yrs prior to this for annuals and I trusted him, so I was so disappointed that the two times I really needed him, he was clueless.
I had another male gyne when I was in college & I felt like he tortured me at my one & only visit (for a pap). I had never felt so violated & was physically/emotionally pained for a few days (I was new to paps & didn't realize they didn't have to be that way).
Anyway, as long as I can find a female who I like/trust, I'm sticking with the gals.
I've had both and I prefer male. They're far more sympathetic!