Male Gynaecologists in India

Disappearing Male Doctors From Gynecology- A Man In Women’s Private World

When we talk about ‘she health’, most of us imagine a healthcare system designed by females.  Especially when it comes to woman’s private health, the majority of people prefer a female attendee, then be it a doctor or nurse. Gynecology is one such field where the male counterpart is slowly but steadily disappearing. It’s not that people don’t see male doctors anymore, it’s just that the preference for females over males is quite visible.

Many male Gyno believes that the falling number of Male Gynos could eventually diminish and soon be excluded from the specialty. It’s not just unfair but also has ramifications that go beyond patients’ comfort. But this topic founds rare sympathy among females who themselves had faced similar discrimination in several male-dominated domains. Yet, the way women are celebrated for excelling in male-dominated spheres, the latter finds little applause in the women-dominated world.

Why is the percentage of Male Gynaecologists declining in India?

Male gynos have gone down from over 50% to 2%. In 1970, there were only 7% of female gynos in India but today that number has risen to 59%. In less than a century, the percentage increased more than four times, thus, it doesn’t come as a surprise that this number could drastically increase in the next few decades. Though the male OB-GYN debate is happening in real-time and universities are holding special seats for male gyno students, the stigma around them continues to grow.

Male Gynaecologists in India

Additionally, even in universities, many male medical students say that OB-GYN patients often ask them to leave the room, while the presence of female students is completely normal. So, the majority of real-life experiences, like the delivery of babies are missed by male students. Thus, men are now less likely than ever to become a gyno.

But contrary to this is a belief, that being a doctor is not all about medicine and treatment but also about the relationship they form with their patients. Fulfilling professional relationships with someone who has had multiple miscarriages, someone who delivered a stillborn, someone who cannot be a mother, or just someone who found out their spouses are cheating, is humbling as well as healing. And no gender defines this relationship, as long as a person is able to meet patients’ medical as well as emotional demands, regardless of gender, is a doctor. A true doctor is able to gain their patient’s trust and would act on it.

The PG course in the specialty is open for both male and female candidates, without any reservation which means that the government finds it legally and morally right. Article 15 (1) of the IPC prohibits the state from discriminating against any citizen on the grounds of religion, race, caste, sex, or place of birth. Sexualising a course would send the wrong message across all the doctor fraternities. In fact, many renowned gynecologists in the country and even across the world are male.

While our society is busy sexualizing women and their reproductive organs, the role of Ob/gyns is to humanize patients and try to care for the entire person. After all, Gynaecology is not all about genitals. Apparently, nobody asks pediatricians why they chose that field, even though they are not children, or female urologists why they chose a gender-specific field, then why is this question only attached to the male gynos? It’s time that we break beyond the stereotypes that limits a profession to a gender. If women could be anything she wants, why can’t a man be everything he wants?

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