Urology has traditionally not paid much attention to women. For decades, the field focused almost exclusively on male genitourinary problems, while urology problems for women remained in the purview of obstetrics and gynecology.
Up until the mid-1980s, urology had only 22 women in the field, according to medical historian Barron H. Lerner, MD. When women entered the field, many male patients refused to be treated by women, especially if they saw a male doctor in the wings. So, as women slowly, but surely, have entered the field, they first began to gain a foothold in pediatric and women's urology.
For a long time, women have taken their urology problems to their ob/gyns, whom they have built long-term relationships with. But many more urologists have entered female urology. The field now includes both male- and female-trained urologists.
I'd like to know from women readers: do you see urologists as practitioners that you would go to for urology care? What would you look for in selecting a urologist to take care of you? Where would you start?
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Lerner, BH. Urology field slowly altered, by women. New York Times. Sept. 8, 2008.