You Should Know About All-Female OB/GYN Practices?
Many women go to all female OB/GYN practices
because they want to avoid male doctors. But many women are
unaware that there is still a chance that they could end up
with a male doctor for emergencies or the birth of their child
if the practice rotates with other practices that have at least
one male doctor. Also, sometimes all-female OB/GYN practices
hire a male doctor without telling patients. Female gynecologists
in an all-female practice will refer women to a male gynecologic
oncologist sometimes if it is suspected she might have gynecologic
cancer and this takes many women off guard because they are
so worried about having cancer. Check out Referral
To Gynecologic Oncologist about how you should respond.
Medical Patient Modesty received a heartbreaking
case from a woman in the United States who went to a wonderful
all-female OB/GYN practice of 3 female doctors for many years
that she trusted. She had a yeast infection that would not go
away so she made an appointment with her doctor’s office.
She was informed that her regular doctor was not available but
that another doctor could see her. She said ok because the other
2 doctors in the practice were females and she assumed she would
see a female doctor. She went in the examining room and took
her panties off and put on a gown in anticipation of a female
doctor coming in. A nurse was present. This lady was so shocked
when a young male doctor came in. He had just joined the practice
a few months earlier. He did everything so quickly and sexually
abused her. The nurse was so shocked. After the lady left, the
nurse reported what happened. The three female doctors were
very upset about what happened and they regretted hiring that
male doctor. The practice consulted with their lawyers and decided
to compensate the lady for what happened rather than going to
trial due to bad publicity they would get. The practice fired
the doctor and reported him to the Board of Medicine. The practice
also offered to pay for any psychological services the lady
needed. No amount of money can take away the sexual abuse the
lady suffered. The lady asked her female doctor why they hired
a male doctor when many women come to the practice because it
was an all-female practice. The female doctor replied by saying
that they wanted to increase their patient base for women who
preferred a male gynecologist.
The above case shows you that an all-female ob/gyn practice
could hire a male doctor without many patients knowing. An all-female
practice that chooses to hire a male doctor should notify all
patients if they hire a male doctor because many women flock
to an all-female ob/gyn practice to avoid the chance of having
a male doctor. This case also proves that a nurse cannot prevent
a male doctor from abusing women. Check out Do
Chaperones Really Protect Patients?
There should always be informed patient consent
for pap smears and other gynecological examinations. Women should
never be forced to have a gynecological examination even by
a female doctor
We encourage all women to take the following
1.) 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.
2.) If your regular doctor is not available
and you are given opportunity to make an appointment with another
doctor, always confirm that the other doctor is female. Do not
assume because the practice is all-female that a male doctor
will never be hired. Remember that an all-female practice could
become a mixed practice at any time. Practices do not always
update their web sites immediately after hiring a new doctor
so the physician listing could be outdated.
3.) Encourage your all-female ob/gyn practice
to remain all-female practice. All-female practices need to
know how important it is to not hire a male doctor. Many women
do not want a male doctor for women’s health issues under
4.) Some female gynecologists allow male medical
students to observe procedures so you need to have it in writing
that you do not give consent to medical students being part
of your appointments.
5.) Some female doctors allow
high school students to do shadowing at appointments. See more
information about shadowing on this article: Is
physician shadowing harmful for patients?. Find out if the
practice ever allows students to shadow doctors.
6.) Before you commit to an all-female practice
for the birth of your child, ask some questions such as: 1.)
Can I be guaranteed a female OB/GYN for the birth of my baby
or emergencies if I select this practice? 2.) Does
this practice rotate with other practices that have male doctors?
Make sure you check out the
steps you must take to ensure that you have an all-female team
for the birth of your child.
7.) If you have cancer or possible
cancer and your gynecologist refers you to a gynecologic oncologist,
make sure that the referral is to a female gynecologic oncologist.
Do not buy the argument that a male gynecologic oncologist is
exempt since he is very skilled in helping with gynecologic
cancers. A gynecologic oncologist often performs intimate procedures
on women. Check out the article, Referral
to a Gynecologic Oncologist.