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Do You See a Male or Female OB/GYN?

Male OB/GYN Charged With Snapping Nude Pics Triggers Our Worst Fears

by Jenny Erikson

OBGYNI know many, many women who choose to see female gynecologists exclusively. Heck, I used to be one! Until just a few months ago, I never thought I'd voluntarily see a man doctor for my girly bits, but then one came highly recommended, and I gotta say -- it wasn't really any more unpleasant than the female docs I'd previously been to. His bedside manner was great, and I think I'll keep him as my regular.

I may have made a different decision if I'd heard about this story before I booked my appointment. A gynecologist in Arkansas is being charged with video voyeurism for "allegedly [using] his cell phone to take nude photos of patients during office exams."

Aghhh! Is that every woman's worst nightmare at the gyno's or what?

The investigation started last month, after a woman complained that Dr. Paul Becton Jr. "produced his cellular telephone and took photographs of her pubic region and buttocks" while she was on the table.

After obtaining a search warrant for the 68-year-old, whose website touts over 30 years of medical practice, police found "numerous images of nude females that appear to have been taken in a medical office during medical examinations." They were found as deleted images on the hard drive of his cellphone.

The woman who made the complaint identified five of the nude photos as ones "that were taken without her knowledge or consent." Becton has been charged with five felony voyeurism counts.

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Talk about an extreme violation! It's already unnerving enough to let someone, even a trained professional someone, all up in our business like that. But we're supposed to have faith that they do this all the time and take no particular special interest in our own special flowers.

This is especially creepy because he's a man! Now, I'm an equal opportunist, and know that there are questionable women out there too. But I've heard many people reason that they only want to see female OB-GYNs because they don't understand why a man would want to go into the field in the first place.

I always believed it was an appreciation for our gender as a whole, and a desire to keep us as healthy as possible. Besides, what greater job could there be than one where you get to help bring new life into the world on a regular basis?

But if this guy is taking pictures? Why?? Is the fetish a recent development, or has he always been looking at his patients a little funny? Is this why he got into the field in the first place? Sick, sick, sick!

I still believe the vast majority (like, hopefully, all the rest) of male gynecologists don't get their jollies by staring at lady parts all day. But stories like this are bound to give us a girls a pause when we decide whether or not we want our special places tended to by a man or a woman.

Do you see a male or female OB/GYN?

Does this story change your opinion on seeing a male gynecologist?

by on Apr. 25, 2014 at 6:57 PM
Replies (31-40):
by on Apr. 27, 2014 at 11:26 AM
Ive had both , and i liked them both, they were both respectful and non creepy, but i pefer my gyno now that is a female, shes very nice and understanding
by on Apr. 27, 2014 at 12:09 PM

I see both. My practice has five doctors, three men and two women. I prefer the men by far.

by on Apr. 27, 2014 at 1:53 PM

I have gone to both, and they work in the same office. When i was pregnant i only saw a female, but i have seen a male once since.

by on Apr. 27, 2014 at 2:23 PM

The one I have no is my pcp. It's a man. I wouldn't see him if I wasn't comfortable with him.

When I had my babies, my first doctor was a woman and the other two were midwives that were also women.

by on Apr. 27, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Female. Men can't be trusted. 

by on Apr. 27, 2014 at 6:58 PM

 I only want a female

by on Apr. 27, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Well, neither.   (no OBs)    I have used female midwives for my maternity care and a female RN for annuals. 

by on Apr. 27, 2014 at 8:13 PM

I see both. Both my doctors work together and share a practice so I alternate who I see. Before them I saw mainly women. I think stories like these are very rare. There is always a female nurse in the room while my male gyno is examining me.

by Member on Apr. 28, 2014 at 8:27 AM
by on Apr. 28, 2014 at 9:39 AM

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Male.. i love him.. He's a great dr.. and not just one of those serious boring drs.. He's good at what he does and is also funny. Here's a pic of him with my baby girl that he delivered in February, on his birthday. He's such a happy dr..
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