Women are using a third of gynecologist appointments as their first-choice care.
That’s according to a new survey of doctors by the British Medical Association.
Gynecologists are also getting more patients and treating more women than ever before, the BMA said.
1 / 5 The survey of more than 1,000 doctors conducted by the BMO Global Health Insights Group in the US found that men are more likely than women to get their first appointment in the morning.
This is particularly true for the NHS and NHS hospitals.
For example, men in London are more than three times as likely to have their first GP appointment after 10am compared to women.
And in Sydney, where most doctors are male, women account for one third of the appointments.
1/5 The survey also found that women are getting more appointments than ever, particularly for the emergency department, as the number of women attending hospital emergency departments is rising.
For a long time, this was a sign of a healthy NHS, but in recent years it has been blamed for increasing the number and severity of women dying in hospitals.
2/5 Gynecologist services in the UK are still largely male dominated, but this may be changing as more women seek medical care.
A 2016 study found that more than half of gynecomastia specialists in England were female.
3/5 Women make up a growing proportion of gynaecologists, but there is still a gender gap.
For the BPAG survey, there were more than 10,000 women in their 60s and older who had received their first surgery at a general practitioner.
In a country where women make up just over 10 per cent of doctors, this represents a significant increase.
4/5 For the first time ever, gynecology has become more women-friendly, with women accounting for one in four gynecological appointments.
5/5 It is the first national survey of gynetomy doctors to have taken place and the results reveal that the NHS is more than capable of meeting its population needs.
For some doctors, the increase in female referrals to gynecologic care is particularly striking.
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