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    To be honest, there are only two cases where I'd prefer a woman: gynaecologist, and midwife. As posts have already said, that would just be because I'd feel more comfortable with another woman staring at my privates. But even so, when I went to the gyno, I didn't ask for a female (I figured I was going to be mortified anyway) and he was excellent at his job and made me feel a lot more comfortable than I thought I would be.

    So yes, I'd prefer one over the other. I can only imagine caring enough to ask for a woman in the case of a midwife, though. And if I'm in labour, I will probably not care if somebody gets offended and calls me sexist for wanting to be a tiny bit more comfortable during probably the most painful experience of my life.
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    (Original post by zippyRN)
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    there are only 2 reasons why a health professional can refuse to treat someone

    1. personal risk i.e. if a patient is violent or has made threats against someone / group

    2. the actual act of causing a terminaton of pregnancy.
    And the little matter of refusing treatment that isn't warranted or not in the patient's interests.
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    I'd rather have the lump on my balls checked out than worry about whose checking them, cause that would be the last thing on my mind :-/

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    Thats a stupid answer. Everybody is different if women doesn't want a man examining her private parts that is up to her. Not everybody feels comfortable opening their legs to a person of the opposite sex especially after just meeting them. Having a chaperone doesn't take away that someone of the opposite is fiddling with your genitalia.
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    The only way I would care would be if I was getting the snip. I'd want a guy to do that because women seem to take pleasure in it.

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