Do women with pelvic floor disorders prefer to be treated by female urogynecologists?

Asnat Groutz, David Gordon, Mordechai Shimonov, Hadar Amir*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The researchers’ aim was to assess provider gender preference among women attending the urogynecology clinic. Two hundred women with pelvic floor disorders completed a detailed questionnaire regarding possible gender preferences in choosing their urogynecologist. One-third of women preferred a female doctor while two-thirds had no preference. We found that embarrassment during the pelvic examination was the main reason for same-gender preference. This preference was significantly associated with educational level and being religious. In conclusion, although one-third of female patients prefer female urogynecologists, professional skills are considered to be more important factors when it comes to actually make a choice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-552
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Issue number5
StatePublished - 3 May 2020


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