Male gynecologists of Reddit were asked: "What made you want to be a gynecologist and how has it affected your view of women?" These are some of the best answers.
1/14 95% of the time I'm with a patient on one of the best days of their life. That is hard to pass up.
2/14 I remember when I was a student... it was my first day in OBGYN, they asked me to help the attending... basically I held the labia apart. I was a virgin of course, I'd never touched a vagina up until that point. Anyways, it was scary to say the least. Then seeing that baby pushed out, and the attending cutting open the vagina a bit... It was chaos, screaming, blood, poop, and stink was everywhere. Then to top it off... POP! I had goop all over me. I didn't know what to do. I wanted to run out and take a shower... but alas I was patient until the very end.
After it was over I remember asking a senior med student... "What was it like when you first saw that?" he replied "It was a freak show". Indeed, that's what it truly was. I spent the rest of my rotation walking around the wing pretending to be busy. Just couldn't do it. Until my first c-section of course... that's another story.
3/14 I'm a fourth year male med student going into OB/GYN. Absolutely loved my 3rd year rotation - from L&D to gyn onc OR w Da Vinci, and from outpt clinic to reproductive endo, I loved every moment of it. I literally could not imagine doing anything else. Plus, OB/GYN has a huge role to play in global health.
But the female preference for female providers does worry me somewhat - and honestly, it is entirely understandable. Crappy doctors though, are found in every specialty and every hospital. I hope that my future patients will give me a chance, and would value a skillful, compassionate provider (which I hope to become) above my gender. However, one could argue that now there are more than enough female OB/GYN that are skillful and compassionate, and with all things being equal, why would one choose a male OB/GYN?
That is one of the reasons why I think I will possibly sub-specialize rather than become a general OB/GYN (although I would be missing out on the variety). I suppose I will find out through residency!
4/14 I never thought I would do OB. I actually detested the idea until I started medical school. I was all about doing ER for a long time, at least until I saw a c-section. That sold it for me. A few years into residency I hope to get into an MFM fellowship to work with the complications of pregnancy. As a dude doing Ob/Gyn, I get it. I don't have those parts. I don't have periods. I don't get pregnant. It doesn't mean that I am not compassionate. I try to treat everyone the way that I would want to be treated if I were in their shoes. I talk to people like they are people - being a doctor is cool and all, but it doesn't make me better than them. I think that, while I lack true firsthand experience, I get where a lot of women are coming from when they have complaints. I know most people think I have a gross job but I think I am pretty fortunate.
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