- Ask for a same sex provider when you make your appointment.
- Be honest about your being uncomfortable with an opposite-sex health care provider. You deserve to make sure you’re understood, respected, and cared for.
- If you’re worried about hurting the opposite-sex doctor’s feelings, say that you just want to feel more comfortable.
- Ask to speak with a same-sex health care provider in the office. If there are none, ask to be referred to a different reproductive health specialist.
Here are some helpful ways to start a conversation.