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View Poll Results: Your doctors gender
I'm a woman who prefers to be treated by a man doctor 11 4.31%
I'm a woman who prefers to be treated by a woman doctor 52 20.39%
I'm a man who prefers to be treated by a man doctor 57 22.35%
I'm a man who prefers to be treated by a woman doctor 20 7.84%
I truly don't care about the gender of my doctor 115 45.10%
Voters: 255. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-29-2014, 03:48 AM
 
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^ I have no experience directly or second hand of any man being laughed at in this context. Do you have any support for this contention outside personal anecdote?
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Old 11-28-2014, 11:12 AM
 
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It generally doesn't matter to me that much but if I had to say, as a woman I would prefer a male, especially for a gyno. I don't know why but female gynos I have seen have been a lot "rougher" than men.
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Old 12-12-2014, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Haverhill/West Palm Beach, FL
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Update to my previous post a year ago.

I now have a female primary care doctor. I do not like her, but it's too hard to change now with my insurance company. I have now had her for close to 1 year. She is another that says I need to learn to "suck it up" and stop being so whiny. I have fibromyalgia and cannot take any medication of any kind due to allergies.

I stand by my previous post. While I am female, I would much rather have male doctors.
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Old 12-12-2014, 06:29 PM
 
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For my obgyn I prefer a female. In fact, I go to a Womens Physicians Clinic and chose them because of gender AND stellar reviews and doctors reports. Any and everything else I could care less.
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Old 12-13-2014, 05:37 AM
 
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I stand by my previous post. While I am female, I would much rather have male doctors.
Ya it doesnt matter who you have as long as they look over ya good and all..... AND RESPECT YOUR OPINIONS on things....
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Old 12-13-2014, 05:48 AM
 
Location: City Data Land
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For my obgyn I prefer a female. In fact, I go to a Womens Physicians Clinic and chose them because of gender AND stellar reviews and doctors reports. Any and everything else I could care less.
That's funny. I'm the opposite. I prefer a male ob/gyn, and for any other doctor, I have no preference. I have had a couple of female ob/gyn docs and they were not as gentle with my nether regions as I want them to be. The male ob/gyns were more careful.
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Old 12-13-2014, 08:06 PM
 
Location: alabama.
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i have a female Dr at the moment .. several years ago i went to my male Dr for some blue diamonds ( viagra ) and he would not give me any .. i changed to a woman Dr and she prescribed me all i want no questions asked ..but now she wants to stick a probe up my butt and i dont want no part of that .. my male Dr never mentioned that . by the way i found way more blue diamonds on the web than i will ever need ..
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Old 12-16-2014, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Northeastern U.S.
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order of what matters to me in a doctor -

1. Credentials: including who recommended the doctor to me, the doctor's background, specialties, and reputation.

2. Age - someone who is at least 5 years out of med school, preferably more than that.

3. Experience!

4. Communications skills - the doctor doesnt have to be touchy-feely, but I need my doctor to be effectively communicate my medical issues and details of treatment to me, without my feeling rushed, nervous or as if the doctor is bored or irritated. And that includes his/her office staff - if I have additional questions/issues, I should be able to get them answered without waiting more than a day, or less if the information is important and I'm calling at a reasonable time of day.

5. Personality - usually not a problem, but if a doctor were to make me very uncomfortable without medical reason, i.e. or was too much of a control freak/bully, I would consider changing doctors.


(corollary - Surgeons usually have big egos and are not always interested in the patient's comfort/emotional security. There are exceptions to this corollary, depending on the nature of the patient's condition and the surgeon himself/herself)



Gender doesn't really figure into these criteria...
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Old 12-17-2014, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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For a primary physician I suppose a woman would be okay, but for something male related (urology), I prefer a man.
This is me. I prefer the doc to have the body part in question, I guess. If I were female, I'd prefer a female gyno. I just think it makes more sense if you're talking about pain on a certain area, that they can sympathize from more than a "textbook" knowledge. OTOH, for flu, foot problems, ear problems, etc, gender is absolutely irrelevant. This includes physicals, since they include hernia and prostate checks, so I have a male for a GP, but usually see one of his PAs, who are all female, for issues that crop up throughout the year. If I had a urological issue, I'd probably go to a (male) urologist.

Interestingly, my (male) doc's intake form has a question saying "If female, do you prefer a female to do your pap smears, etc" which I think is great, but it doesn't ask "if male, do you prefer a male to do your hernia/prostate checks".
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Old 12-19-2014, 05:16 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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I don't care male vs female. However, like some of the other posters have said, I prefer a doctor of the same gender for "down there" visits. If I were a woman, I'd prefer a female OB/GYN.

One thing I dislike is older doctors (over 50). They seem to have a different attitude or mentality towards a lot of things. Often, they aren't open to new ideas or treatments.

I like a doctor I can joke around with. Some doctors have no personality and I can't ever see them being not serious.
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