Post # 1
I just got off the phone with me new OB/GYN’s office. I felt cool about everything until I realized how uncomfortable it is making me that I now have a male OB. This is my second pregnancy and even with all the complications with my first son, I never once saw a male doctor. Has anyone ever had a male OB/GYN??? Am I freaking out for nothing?? Whats different about a male one then a female???
Post # 3
My mom had a male OB for all of her pregnancies and fertility treatments (and he lived two doors down from us at the time too). IMO, there really isn’t a difference between male and female OBs. They’re just doing their job and the males really don’t care that they’re seeing lots of half naked women all day. As long as he seems to know what he talking about and has a good rapport with you, I wouldn’t be concerned.
Post # 4
I used to go to a male OB/GYN (not for pregnancy for other stuff). It wasn’t really any wierder than going to a female doctor.
Post # 5
I had different OB’s for all my kids (we moved a lot). Two were male, one was female. I can’t say I really noticed a big difference between the male doctors and the female doctors. I was a bit uncomfortable with one of the male doctors, but that was due to his personality. The other male doctor I had was wonderful.
Of course, the female doctor had been through childbirth herself, which is a perpsective neither of the male doctors had. However, I still had the best experience with a male doctor. He was just the most personable of the three and I felt totally comfortable with him. His motto was that he would care for me just as he would want another doctor to take care of his wife and baby.
In the end, I found that the gender of the doctor mattered far less than the rapport you develop with a doctor (and of course, the doctor’s skill).
Post # 6
I’m not expecting yet but I have always seen a male doctor for female annual exams. I’ve seen two different male doctors of the years and I never had a problem or felt uncomfortable with either. They are just doing their job – and personally, I would much rather have an experienced male OB/GYN over an inexperienced female OB/GYN – and if they are both experienced, I don’t care.
Post # 7
I saw a male doctor for the first time recently (just for a procedure because my female Dr. was not available), and it was weird for me. I was so nervous going in, but once I was actually there, I became more comfortable. But yes, awkward. I won’t go back because I am just more comfortable with female OBGYNs.
I know they really don’t care to see you naked. They are professionals doing a job. But that doesn’t change how I feel about being there with a strange man up my hoo-ha. Being comfortable is important…find a Dr. you are completely comfortable with.
Post # 8
I have been seeing female obgyn’s for almost 10 years. In my early 20’s, I decided I didn’t like seeing a male doc (uncomfortable with it) so I switched to a woman and have seen only women until last month. I have to see an infertility specialist now and the best group in our area is an office with three men. I’ve seen the doc twice now and he performed a hysteroscopy two weeks ago. Didn’t bother me. Maybe it’s an age thing for me? 10 years ago I really preferred a woman, but right now I don’t seem to care, anymore!
Post # 9
I’ve always had female OBGYNs, but a male doctor actually delivered my daughter because he was on call that night. I still feel most comfortable with a female doctor for annual exams and regular appointments, but I honestly couldn’t care less who was delivering me. 🙂 I was so in the moment during birth, it didn’t matter one bit that it was a guy instead of a girl standing at the foot of my bed.
Post # 10
I was originally uncomfortable with the idea of a male OB/GYN, but my [male] OB’s professionalism overshadowed my concerns. In theory, I would be MORE comfortable with a female, but honestly, I have had a better experience when it comes to diagnostic tests and routine procedures and stuff with my male OB than with any female OB/GYN.
Post # 11
I actually go to the male doctor who delivered me. I always went to a female and a couple of years ago when I got sick I had to start seeing this doctor. He only handles high risk patients and is very good at what he does. I am praying that he will not retire before I have a baby because I would love to have him as my doctor and help me with my fertitlity treatments.
Post # 12
I had a male ob/byn deliver both my daughters. I LOVED him… He was awesome, very caring and informative. I think its about who YOU FEEL comfortable with !!
Post # 13
I was always scared to go to a male OB/GYN – and one day, my doctor wasn’t available, and a guy walked on in. I have to say that I like male doctors better than female ones in that category. They seem more sensitive to my questions and they’re more gentle down there. I think half the time, they don’t know what that feels like, so they are as gentle as possible. Females are used to it, so I feel like they’re rougher.
I now feel much more comfortable with a male doctor. I have a feeling that once I do get pregnant, it will be akward for my husband to know that I go to a male doctor!
Post # 14
I’ve had the same male OBGYN since i was 16! He also delivered my daughter too. He’s never made me feel uncomfortable and hes so professional. I’m SOOO sad that I’m moving soon and will need to find a new doctor 🙁 i don’t see how a female OBGYN is any different? I agree with TheFutureMrsE that its about who you feel most comfortabel with!
Post # 15
My OB is a male doctor and I am very happy with him. He is warm and caring and knows a lot, so to me, that’s what matters. Typically my husband has been in the exam room with me during my pregnancy exams so it’s not like anything weird would happen anyway lol.
Post # 16
I have a male OB and I am comfortable with him. My husband isn’t bothered by it and neither am I. I think if it makes you uncomfortable then go ahead and switch but also consider his qualifications! Make an appointment where you can talk about anything you have concerns about and see what he has to say, then make your choice.