The first place to look for a field of choices when selecting a health care provider is within the network of your insurance company or health plan. Online resources such as Healthgrades can provide data, such as malpractice statistics, that could help influence your decision, notes U.S. News & World Report. Considering the highly intimate nature of gynecological health care, many women prefer female providers and may make a selection as they review the physician's published profile and data.
In 2001, 64 percent of doctors already working in the field of women's health were male, according to the New York Times. The same article, however, showed that 70.3 percent of residents entering obstetrics and gynecology that year were female and projected that number to continue to grow. In 2012, Minnesota Medicine noted that nationally, 90 percent of candidates entering gynecological medicine were female.
The choice of a gynecologist should depend on your needs, suggests U.S. News & World Report. Your age, for example, determines what services or subspecialties may be most appropriate. Other important issues are whether you intend to become pregnant or use birth control. Once you've completed your research and made a decision, you can then meet with the chosen candidate to consider whether the doctor's values align with your own, and if you can trust and speak frankly with her.