When it comes to certain issues like mammograms and yeast infections, some ladies would prefer discussing it with a female practitioner. But what if you can't find a woman to attend to these problems?
Local women in Abu Dhabi who reportedly are having a difficult time getting appointments with female mammogram technologists are sometimes left with no choice but to seek advice from male doctors, and describe such experiences as being "extremely disconcerting and embarrassing." News Track India reports:
"I visited a private hospital in the capital recently, and was shocked to find that my mammogram was scheduled to take place with a male technician," Gulf News quoted a Lebanese resident as saying.
"The whole procedure was disturbing and I only went through with it because my physician had recommended an immediate mammogram," she said.
Here's what another patient had to say about getting handled by a man who was not her husband:
"I had asked for an appointment with a female technologist at a private hospital, but was told there would be a delay of a few months. Since I was worried and wanted to check that there was no risk from a cyst that had been diagnosed, I agreed to a male technician doing the screening. It was very, very difficult," H.H. said.
A representative from the Health Authority Abu Dhabi explains that "cultural sensitivities in the UAE made the whole process extremely distressing for women, especially since mammograms require intensive assessments for over ten minutes."
Their solution to this is to implement a new law for health care facilities to replace all male staff conducting mammograms with qualified female professionals. Of course, every person is entitled to a choice about who gets to handle their private health problems, but banning someone based on their gender might be doing more harm than good in the long run.