Dr Oz: Female Doctors vs Male Doctors
Would you rather see a female or male doctor? Does it not matter to you? If it doesn’t, it probably should. According to Dr. Oz, female doctors know a few things male doctors do not. Keep reading to find out what they know and how figuring out where your pain is coming from should dictate what type of doctor you should see.
Dr Oz: Birth Control Pills Can Make PMS Worse
Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, an OBGYN, said women feel more comfortable seeing a female doctor because the female doctor can relate to them. She can relate to the stories they tell her and she can relate to the symptoms they are feeling, especially for a woman seeing a female gynecologist. Dr. Gilber-Lenz said female gynecologists will use their own personal experiences to treat the problems the woman is having. She continued by saying that male doctors look at women and PMS differently because they are looking for the quick fix and usually recommend birth control pills. A female doctor, however, knows that kind of recommendation can make the symptoms even worse.
Dr Oz: Chaste Tree Berry Helps With PMS Symptoms
Dr. Oz asked Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz if birth control pills are the best “first line treatment” for PMS and she quickly responded “no.” She said each woman needs to be treated as an individual. One natural alternative she has found to work wonders for PMS symptoms is the chaste tree berry. This herbal supplement comes in a pill form and can be used to lessen the severity of some symptoms like breast tenderness, bloating and moodiness.
Dr Oz: Symptoms To See OBGYN vs Symptoms To See Gastroenterologist
Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz said that while most women want to talk with their gynecologist about pain in the “lower” region, they are often misdiagnosed with something wrong when the pain could be coming from something else like a gastrointestinal problem.
Dr. Roshini Raj added that it is important to know which doctor to see for the pain you are feeling. Dr. Raj pointed out that many medications prescribed for gynecological problems can also cause gastrointestinal symptoms to become worse. Since the female organs are in the same area as the colon and intestines, it can be hard to diagnose the problem and find out where the pain is coming from.
Dr. Roshini Raj listed a number of symptoms for different problems and which doctor should be seen for each set of symptoms:
- See your gynecologist if pain changes with different times in the menstrual cycle, occurs during making love or is associated with vaginal discharge or bleeding.
- See your gastroenterologist if pain is associated with eating or moving bowels, constipation, diarrhea or changes in appetite.
Dr Oz: Male vs Female Heart Disease Symptoms
Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a cardiologist, said many female patients often carry stress in their heart. When a male doctor hears the symptoms for chest pain, stress and shortness of breath, they oftentimes dismiss the problem as being in their head and tell the woman to take antidepressant medications. Female doctors on the other hand know stress can lead to plaque and heart disease.
Dr. Steinbaum explained to the audience that heart disease looks very different in men and women, meaning the different symptoms need to be treated differently. Male doctors will often order stress tests and send the woman home if the tests come back normal. A female doctor knows not to give up and will usually order more tests like an echocardiogram or a CAT scan to rule out problems with the patient’s heart.