Why Do Men Want to Be OB-GYNs? A Few Doctors Weighed In.

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Have you ever wondered why men become gynecologists? What prompts guys like Danny Castellano of The Mindy Project or Bill Masters on Masters of Sex to take up a speculum and go to work? Well, someone investigated and it got pretty ... interesting.

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According to New York magazine, this decision often boils down to easy answers like patients are nicer or I couldn’t pick a specialty so I figure all women everywhere was a good one. Writer Alyssa Shelasky polled ten doctors between 30-70 years old and here are the best snippets:

It might sound strange coming from a doctor, but I’m kind of freaked out by sickness and death. Becoming an OB/GYN translated into life and family and the beauty of humanity for me. There’s so much hope in my office, not much doom and gloom!

I was originally in internal medicine, but that was right when doctors were beginning to “specialize,” and I couldn’t find six inches of the body to specialize in. Instead, I chose half the human race. Plus, I like women better than men. I’m not a sports guy. I gravitate to female conversation. The only caveat is I have no style.

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This is the most striking response.

Of all the specialties in med school, I was sure gynecology was the one I wouldn’t want. As a straight male, I didn’t want to ruin my love of the vagina. Years into it now, I’m never more professional than I am with a patient. The vagina is so desensitized to me, I hardly notice anything about it. But if a woman is attractive, I do have to fight that part of my brain. I’d be lying if I said otherwise. I’ve had patients legitimately hit on me — one immediately after her abortion, and another right after a pelvic exam.

Keep it classy, ladies.

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Am I the only person who feels really uncomfortable seeing a male OBGYN? I know it's silly, but it really sends me into a tail spin. When my old female OBGYN moved away, her clinic just sort of divvied up all her patients among the remaining doctors and I got stuck with a male doctor. I just quit going and let my (female) PA at my GP's office do my annual lady exam. I can't go to him. I just can't do it. And now there's only one other woman OBGYN left in town and she's a total flake and I hate her, so I am refusing to have kids until we move.