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Men should be given the option of seeing male GP

Your recent '3 GPs' views' concerned a young man worried about his 'tackle' (February 17). All three doctors demonstrated sensitivity and professionalism in their suggestions, but each was guilty of a glaring omission ­ with so much emphasis placed on the right for women to see a female GP, why do men have to put up with discussing intimate problems with females?

Two of your three contributors were female GPs, and none said they would give the young man the option of seeing a male doctor.

It may surprise a lot of people, but men can empathise too, and in cases like these thery have considerable expertise. I recently had to deal with a patient with the same 'small penis' problem. The 21-year-old concerned was becoming increasingly depressed and was drinking heavily to hide his fear of ridicule. Several difficult consultations ensued, and the problem was only truly solved when he found a sympathetic girlfriend, to whom he has recently become engaged.

The flippant, throwaway comment at the end of one GP's assessment ('what do blokes expect us ladies to say?') is typical of the manner in which male psychosexual/ psychosocial problems are seen. In reply, I would expect her to maintain a highly professional attitude, and take this person's problems seriously.

There is a lot of useful information on penile size and related psychosexual issues on the internet. Fear over male sexual performance, and society's attitude to it, is just as important an issue to men as the pressure women feel to have the body of Elle McPherson, and run a major multi-national in between achieving multiple orgasms.

Dr DH Wilson


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