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  •  I haven't seen a male doc in 10 years (1+ / 0-)
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    Ice Blue

    I agree with you, completely.

    I'm suspect of men who become gynecologists. Either they are just in it for the money or they like looking at pussy.

    I just do not believe men have a calling to treat women's health issues.

    O great creator of being grant us one more hour to perform our art and perfect our lives. ::: Jim Morrison :::

    by Kevanlove on Thu May 19, 2011 at 12:14:10 PM PDT

    •  love my male neurologist, but, yeah, only go (1+ / 0-)
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      Ice Blue

      to women for gynecology.

      •  I made that mistake the last time I had (1+ / 0-)
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        churchylafemme

        a pap smear.  She turned out to be more-Catholic-than-the-Pope and treated me like I was the spawn of Satan when I told her I was trying since I was sixteen to get my tubes tied.  Though I was 45 and disabled, I was supposed to be trying to shoot out a new baby every three months.  She didn't care about my disability but she tested me for every STD in the book and mailed me the negative results.  

        Word on the street is, she fucked over a few other patients even worse.  She's not here anymore.

        Never meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer.--Bruce Graham

        by Ice Blue on Thu May 19, 2011 at 04:10:00 PM PDT

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    •  wow - this is pretty sexist (5+ / 0-)

      since OB/GYN is generally a single specialty many people enter it for the joy of being part of bring babies into the world.  Many people treat the patient, not the patient's gender.  The female version of this statement kept women out of medicine for decades.

      I agree that there are many arrogant male doctors (in all specialties) who are prone to telling women it is all in their heads.  However, studies have actually shown that female doctors do it too.  That is patient notes say "[male] patient experiences pain in left ankle" and "[female] patient reports pain in left ankle" at distressingly high rates regardless of whether the doctor writing the notes is male or female.  [I can't find the cite for this, but looking led me to some really depressing studies.]

      The female GP who sent me to tons of specialists over 15 months (because I insisted) really thought I was depressed (and didn't believe me when I told her the anti-depressant I got put on was making it worse).  The male Chronic Fatigue/Chronic Lyme specialist she finally sent me to (when I insisted) recognized the pattern of symptoms immediately, ordered the Western Blot IG test (which came back positive), and proceeded to work very well with me for 5 years continuously improving my quality of life.  I eventually switched to a male osteopath with a Lyme practice (I moved from one state to another) and he finally got rid of all the Lyme, Babesia, Bartonella.

      You certainly have the right to choose the gender of your physician, but to tar all men with such a broad brush is not a terribly liberal or progressive view.  If your last statement had been about women, people of color, or LGBTs it would clearly be over the line, but because it is about men it is okay?  I'm really uncomfortable with that.  (Full disclosure:  I'm female, not a doctor)

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