The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology cracks down on OB-GYNs treating male patients.
The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology says no. Slate Magazine and Planned Parenthood say yes. What say you?
I say yes. I understand that they have a specialty, but they are still MDs. They also sound like the best resource available in some cases.
Yeah i don't understand why they needed to do this. There are only two feasible explanations that i can think of as to why they would do something like this and neither are very convincing to me.
1)They feel that a gyno treating a male could be dangerous to the male's health because their expertise actually lies somewhere else (I think that would be BS and i really imagine this can't really be the reason)
2)They are afraid that women will have more difficult access to needed resources if a gyno's time is taken up by males. AKA, someone else can treat a male, a non gyno cannot treat a female for certain things and in some places there is already a shortage of gynos.
I think the second argument is more reasonable, HOWEVER....if it is truly a gyno that can provide the best care for these males, i don't think a male should be prevented from receiving that care based on his gender.
So I agree with Slate and PP, OBGYNs should be able to treat men.
But but but the prefix gyno-, gyn-, etc means female!! They would have to change the name
Yeah, I don't see women losing valuable time with their gynecologists because too many men are taking up all the office hours, and I don't foresee a stampede of men clamoring to get in to see gynecologists, either. But for some things it just makes sense. In my early 20s I had a series of recurrent yeast infections that weren't responding to the usual OTC treatments. I had no health insurance so I went to Planned Parenthood to make sure it wasn't something else and to get a prescription for something stronger. They said my boyfriend needed to be treated, too, so I sent him in, and that ended the yeast infection problem once & for all!
I wonder if it has to do with the malpractice insurance they carry. I would LOVE for my Gyn to be my regular care, he cant as his insurance does not allow for it.
Seems like government over-reach to me. If the patient wants to be treated and the doctor agrees to treat them I don't see the problem. My gynecologist does circumcisions and circ'd my youngest.
It's not the government, Gloria, it's the professional organization that tests and certifies doctors to be able to call themselves "OB/GYN."