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Why 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. Check out Important Information About Sexual Abuse By Male Doctors. Also, check out tips 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 driving to another town even if you have to drive 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 felt he was simply doing thorough examinations. 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.

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 how these women were further violated by having their nude images being viewed by teams of police personnel. A doctor in Britain used a spy watch to film himself sexually abusing patients. See another article about how the watch was used.

While it is true that some male doctors are very gentle, keep in mind that many “gentle” 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.

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 a doctor.

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.

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