Women Should Avoid Male Doctors For Intimate Female Health Issues?
It is prudent for women to avoid male doctors
for intimate female health issues. It’s always a risk
to allow a male doctor to do intimate procedures such as colonoscopies,
pelvic exams, pap smears, rectal exams, and breast exams on
you. Countless male doctors have sexually abused female patients.
A woman is at far greater risk of becoming a victim
of sexual abuse at the hands of a male doctor or nurse especially
gynecologist than she is from men in the general population
she may encounter on the street. Check out Important
Information About Sexual Abuse By Male Doctors. Also, check
about how women can prevent sexual abuse in medical settings.
We strongly encourage women who have a male gynecologist to
switch to a female gynecologist. If your area does not have
any female gynecologists, you should look into traveling to
another town even if it takes over an hour.
Reasons To Avoid Male
Doctors for Intimate Procedures:
1.) Countless male doctors have
sexually abused female patients during intimate examinations.
Remember that the nurse or assistant is present to "protect"
the doctor and will often be on the doctor's side. There have
been cases where female patients felt the male doctor went too
far, but the nurse or assistant often testified that they saw
nothing untoward and that the doctor was “just being thorough”.
There was one case where everything happened so quickly that
took the nurse off guard and she was not able to report what
happened until the female patient left. There was one case where
everything happened so quickly that took the nurse off guard
and she was not able to report what happened until the female
patient left. Check out Do
Chaperones Really Protect Patients? Do not forget that many
well-respected male doctors have sexually abused women.
2.) Male doctors are not morally above other
men. Keep in mind that the male doctor could be enjoying the
exam as though he was looking at pornography or a strip show,
and then fantasizing about it later on after he leaves work.
It is very normal for men to be aroused by seeing naked women
and a male doctor is no different. No amount of training can
take the "man" out of a male doctor. No matter how
professional the male doctor is, there is no chance that he
could stay pure in his mind 100 percent of the time. Look at
all of the sexual misconduct cases involving male
OB/GYNs in the news. Check out an article, Tide
and Time about a doctor's account of an encounter with an
attractive female patient. He always had a nurse present with
him when he did a pelvic exam. This proves that a nurse cannot
chaperone a doctor's mind. Also, check out an article
about a medical student who had unexpected lustful thoughts
when doing a cardiac exam on a female patient because her breasts
3.) Male doctors could take pictures of women’s
private parts secretly without anyone ever knowing. A number
of male doctors have been involved in voyeurism. A well-respected
male gynecologist, Dr.
Levy secretly took pictures of his patients with a pen camera
for a long time before he was arrested. He delivered many babies
and helped a lot of women with female health problems. Dr.
Levy got away with this unethical practice for many years.
Think about how these women were further violated by having
their nude images being viewed by teams of police personnel.
in Britain used a spy watch to film himself sexually abusing
patients. A male gynecologist, Dr.
Paul Becton who was a deacon at a Baptist Church and the
director of a pro-life pregnancy center in Arkansas took pictures
of women’s private parts with his cell phone. He was very
well respected in the community and many patients were shocked
because they thought he was a wonderful doctor.
All women are encouraged to read this book, Women
and Doctors by Dr. John Smith (The Atlantic Monthly
Press, 1992), a former male gynecologist who courageously
shared that after 24 years of medical education and clinical
gynecological experience that men should not be gynecologists.
“Male gynecologists, like all men, go through the kind
of ‘attitude setting’ that occurs in the proverbial
locker rooms while they are growing into manhood.” Dr.
Smith, whose practice was in Colorado Springs, says that “It
is common and acceptable among practicing gynecologists to speak
about their patients' bodies, sexual behavior, or medical problems
indiscriminately, in terms that are demeaning and reflect a
lack of kindness and respect.” (p. 27) Becoming more explicit,
he charges them with eroticizing the medical scene: “It
is a rare male who is able to see women day in and day out,
examine their bodies, hear details of their sex lives, and not
only never have a lascivious thought or abuse that access but
always remain clinical…” (p.29) He confesses that
“I have had a colleague invite me to do an exam on one
of his patients under the false guise of a consultation because
‘she has a body you won’t believe’.”
“I have seen a physician walk out of an exam room and
tell a hallway full of doctors and nurses about the disease
his married patient had contracted as a result of an affair.
I have seen more than one gynecologist walk into an operating
room where another doctor’s patient was already asleep
for surgery, lift up the sheet, admire the patient’s breasts,
and continue his conversation without pause.” (p.27) Dr.
Smith concluded dramatically: After twenty-four years of medical
education and clinical gynecological experience, it is my opinion
that males should not be gynecologists. The role properly belongs
to women.” (p.29).
While it is true that some male doctors
are very gentle and even more compassionate than some female
doctors, keep in mind that many “gentle” and compassionate
male doctors have sexually abused women. If you feel
that your female gynecologist is too rough, just look for another
female doctor or mid-level provider until you find one you are
Beware of male gynecologic
oncologists too. Do not buy the explanation that they are
different because they help with gynecologic cancers. They do
a lot of intimate procedures on women like regular gynecologists.
Be prepared to cancel your appointment if your female doctor
is not available for some reason. Make sure that you
look closely at the patient paperwork and make sure you do not
sign something that guarantees payment of "cancelled"
appointments. Never accept a male doctor who may fill
in for your female doctor. One lady who drove an hour for an
appointment for a physical exam with a female doctor arrived
at the doctor’s office discovered that her female doctor
was out sick. The receptionist informed her that she could see
a male doctor and she agreed for two reasons. First reason was
because she thought that he would not really do anything intimate
since she was not due for a pap smear. The second reason was
because she had taken some time off work and did not want to
take more time off work to reschedule the appointment to see
the female doctor. It turned out that it was a big mistake because
he pushed her into having breast exam, rectal exam, and pap
smear. She felt so violated. She shared her concerns with the
nurse who was present and she said that the male doctor always
did thorough exams. It is very typical for a nurse to defend
Beware that you could be required to sign a dual provider agreement
if you see a female Nurse Practitioner in a male gynecologist’s
office. Look at an example of a
dual provider care policy in a practice with male gynecologist
and female Nurse Practitioner. This means that a male doctor
could end up being a part of your appointment.
Always make sure that you will have a female doctor or mid-level
provider before you change into your gown even if your appointment
was made with a female provider. A male doctor could fill in
for a female provider at last minute without your knowledge.
We are distributing stapled 12-page booklets to women about
how they can protect themselves in medical settings and we are
seeking volunteeers to help with distributing those booklets.
We also need some financial support to pay for more booklets.
can see what the booklet looks like by downloading this
link. If you would
like to volunteer to distribute booklets or support us financially,
Chaperones Really Protect Patients?
OB/Gyns in the News
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Don’t Look Up Ladies’ Skirts
and Doctors By Dr. John Smith