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Why Do men become gynocologists?

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Blankiefan Mon 02-Dec-19 07:33:24

I have to have some treatment and all of the gynocologists I can pick from are men. I don't trust male gynocologists (no bad history just bias). It'd help me to understand good reasons why some men choose this specialism.

As I see it, I have an ear so I can understand what it's like when someone pokes their finger in it. I get the experience of having an ear and have an interest in furthering medicine into it. Buy why are male doctors interested in women's genitals? Is it some deep respect for their mothers? A peculiar interest in otherness? I don't see the motivation.

I entirely accept on an intellectual level that most of them aren't in it for kicks and that being elbow deep in hoo hoo all day isn't erotic but I really don't get what motivation got them there.

Does anyone have any insight?

Keepithidden Mon 02-Dec-19 07:37:00

Scientists find all kinds of things interesting, medics tend to want to help folks. Maybe it's a combination of these.

There is bound to be some who do it for nefarious reasons though.

PotteringAlong Mon 02-Dec-19 07:39:52

Maybe they did a rotation when training and found it really interesting?

scaevola Mon 02-Dec-19 07:40:28

For medical interest presumably.

Also, it's a specialty which can be very, very hostile to home life. So as caring responsibilities as a society tend to fall to women by default, people who think they might want a slightly predictable working life tend to be attracted to other fields

ShippingNews Mon 02-Dec-19 07:41:47

being elbow deep in hoo hoo all day isn't all they do. My father was a gynae and his motivation was that his mother had died young from cervical cancer and he wanted to make a difference to other women's lives. The fact that he was a man was not relevant and I'm sure his patients didn't find it strange. He specialised in gynaecological cancer and I'm sure that many of his patients were happy that he was there for them. I just don't think you can generalise about these things.

mrbob Mon 02-Dec-19 07:41:56

I guess you could ask the same of a dermatologist or an orthopaedic surgeon. Why would you find bones or skin interesting? I don’t! It honestly is no different. Plus if you can understand why a woman might want to do it I don’t think it is a huge leap to understand why men might want to. It is interesting. A combination of medicine and surgery. Getting to look after women at an incredibly special time (if you do obstetrics)

AShaveAndAHarecutHalfPrice Mon 02-Dec-19 07:41:57

Why do humans become vets? They are not horses, I just don’t get it.

Perverts! grin

PullingMySocksUp Mon 02-Dec-19 07:43:06

The on call rota is one of the easier ones I imagine.

MilkTwoSugarsThanks Mon 02-Dec-19 07:43:21

No-one, male or female, has any idea what anything like that feels like to me. Sometimes someone with no preconceived ideas is better for the job.

AnneLovesGilbert Mon 02-Dec-19 07:43:40

You could say the same about obstetricians. My consultant, a man, couldn’t know what it was like to be pregnant, experience miscarriage or labour, but couldn’t have been better.

PullingMySocksUp Mon 02-Dec-19 07:43:44

By that I mean you’d get called in less often.

stripeypillowcase Mon 02-Dec-19 07:43:52

a friend who is an ob-gyn says that he likes working with mostly well women.

Stupiddriver1 Mon 02-Dec-19 07:45:20

It's one of the few specialisms where you get to surgery without being a surgeon.

Really good mix of work, surgery, oncology, obstetrics, infertility. So interesting and good job satisfaction.

TrashPanda Mon 02-Dec-19 07:48:02

I read something once that said women are much more likely to get themselves seen quickly and are much more forthcoming with info about symptoms etc which makes treating them easier.

Scotinthenorth Mon 02-Dec-19 07:49:08

Because all men are perverts , obviously hmm

MrsPatrickDempsey Mon 02-Dec-19 07:50:00

As others have said the gynaecologists I have worked with enjoy working with woman (and well women in obstetrics). For them it's an interesting 'system' of the body . I guess op feels the same about male midwives?

MephistophelesApprentice Mon 02-Dec-19 07:53:11

There is still a lack of research into some areas of women's health, so I'd imagine it is an opportunity to be at the cutting edge to some degree.

CosmoK Mon 02-Dec-19 07:55:44

At least you admit you have gender bias. Now you've acknowledged it you need address it and ensure you don't treat people unfairly or pass thinking men must enter this career for nefarious reasons.

BlossomCat Mon 02-Dec-19 07:57:44

Why do women become urologists?
Is it because they are twisted perverts who get their kicks from sticking their fingers up mens backsides examining prostate glands, or are they interested in a complex system that can go wrong in many different ways?

CherryPavlova Mon 02-Dec-19 07:58:42

There is sadly a view that they are either women haters or sexually motivated- not my experience at all.

My line manager is an obs and gynae consultant. One of the kindest, least pervy men imaginable. He went into it as he loved surgery and that was the job he got (in days when you attached to a firm).
He is very much in tune with women, emotionally intelligent and has been happily married for thirty years. He continued in obs and gynae as he adores babies and still gets emotional at the thought of new life.

The gynae chap I saw a few times was a very unorthodox gay Dutch guy with a Mohican. He was just comfortable with women and I don’t think he would have considered it doing a job he found he liked because he wasn’t a woman. For him, it was definitely about being an emotionally intelligent surgeon and using his people skills alongside his surgical skills.

KaptainKaveman Mon 02-Dec-19 07:59:43

"I don't trust male gynocologists"

Apart from being unable to spell, the OP is openly bigoted.

EleanorReally Mon 02-Dec-19 08:00:38


Fozzleyplum Mon 02-Dec-19 08:02:53

A friend who is a female obgyn consultant likes the mix of work (obstetrics and sorting out gynae problems), the fact that many of her patients are healthy, and that on average, you end up with more patients than you start with. I guess many male drs choose it for the same reasons.

Shallow07 Mon 02-Dec-19 08:03:08

My obstetrician is very caring and seems genuinely interested in improving women's health and looking after them in pregnancy.

He was the only person who took any notice of me when I was suffering with hyperemesis and tokophobia, listened with compassion and sorted out some treatment that made it bearable. I'd seen every female GP at my surgery who all gave the brush off with 'drink some more ginger tea, and don't worry dear' hmm. The right person for the job is much more important than their gender.

doublehelix Mon 02-Dec-19 08:03:19

I'm a doctor but not gynae. Probably not many set out to do it but you go through most main specialties as a medical student and you get drawn to those you found most enjoyable when you specialise later. Plus it's sometimes random things like a rotation you chose for the orthopaedics also has gynae and turns out you prefer it.

Obstetrics and gynaecology is one of the more fast paced specialties with lots of hands on instantly making a difference stuff in delivery suite. It's also a specialty with lots of variety and generally young patients with fixable problems. (Lots of general medicine is older people with wear and tear you can't fix and half of a ward round being people who are as well as they will ever be and waiting for a nursing home bed - doctors can't add much so less satisfying).

The sense of certain body parts being special e.g. genitalia and male vs female goes once you've done everything. Plus examining patients is a tiny percentage of work done.

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