Questions and Answers

We have included a Q & A for people who have asked questions about medical modesty and we have answered their questions below. If you have a question about medical modesty or opposite sex intimate care, please submit your question.


Question: I needed surgery for ovarian mass that was possibly cancerous and I chose a male gynecologist because he was the most experienced gynecologic oncologist in the area and he had many great reviews. Why cannot you choose a gynecologist based on experience rather than gender?

Answer: You cannot overlook the gender of the doctor. The bible makes it clear that it is wrong for a man to handle and see private parts of a woman who he is not married to. While it is true that many male doctors are skilled at surgery, it does not make it right for them to perform gynecological surgeries. Sometimes the most experienced doctor is the "out-of-date" doctor - the doctor who is not current on the newest procedures and technology. Medical tools and techniques change rapidly and the best doctor may be the newest graduate who is knowledgeable about innovations. You should do a lot of research and find the best female doctor to do your surgery. You may have to drive farther, but it is worth it. There are many skilled female surgeons out there.

Think about this scenario: A teenage daughter has a tampon stuck and she needs help to retrieve it. Her mom tried to retrieve it, but could not. The girl's father is better than her mother at retrieving things. Would it be appropriate for the girl's father to retrieve the tampon simply because he is more experienced than his wife? If the girl's mom cannot retrieve the tampon, they should look for another woman to retrieve it. The same should be true of doctor. You should look for a female doctor until you find the one that is skilled for your case.


Question: What about male doctors who enjoy delivering babies?

Answer: It is certainly possible for a man with this desire to deliver babies, but it should only be his wife’s babies. It is truly a miracle for a baby to born, but men have no business witnessing the delivery of other women’s babies if they have to see the woman’s private parts. Male doctors who want to work with babies certainly can still do this, but they should let the female doctors, nurses, and midwives deal with the part where the baby comes out of the birth canal. Male doctors could work with babies in the neonatal unit and nursery.


Question: What about men who want to become gynecologists because they have passion with helping to cure female cancers possibly because some of their relatives succumbed to cancer?

Answer: This is certainly a wonderful passion, but they have no business looking at private parts of women who are not their wives. They can help with the research and possibly with creating new medicines. They can give treatments, but not examine or look at private areas. They can assist female doctors with research and any procedures that do not involve exposure of female organs.


Question: How can you say that male gynecologists are wrong since women have not even become doctors until recent years? Millions of women and babies would have died without their intervention,

Answer: This is actually misguided. Male gynecologists did not exist in the Bible. Male doctors actually were not allowed to examine women's private parts before 1800s. Before medical school was invented, midwives delivered babies. Look at the below facts about historical progression of pelvic exams from Are Male Gynecologists Biblical?

The reason we did not have female gynecologists many years ago was due to the fact that medical schools would not admit women. This was a HUGE mistake. You are correct that a number of women (who have very high risk pregnancies) need a gynecologist in order to give birth safely. While it is wonderful that we have improvements in the medical field such as C-Sections that have cut down on maternal deaths, it does not mean that male gynecologists are okay. Only women should have been allowed to become gynecologists in the beginning. Medical school is to blame for this. Take time to research some history. Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first female gynecologist. Look at how she became a doctor because one of her dying friends who probably had uterine cancer was more comfortable with a female doctor.


Question: I had an older male gynecologist that helped me through a miscarriage and birth of my first child. I was very impressed with him. My female doctor was been very rough and unsympathetic. Why is it not okay for me to choose a doctor based on compassion and gentleness rather than gender?

Answer: I am sorry to hear about your miscarriage. While it is true that there are compassionate and gentle male gynecologists, it does not change the fact that it is wrong for a man to handle the private parts of a woman who is not his wife. Of course, there are some very rough and unsympathetic female gynecologists. You simply need to look for another female gynecologist rather than going to a male gynecologist. It is pretty common for a male gynecologist to be gentle because he wants to do whatever he can to encourage women to keep coming to him. The truth is most male gynecologists who have abused women were gentle.




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