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    Female doctor OR lady doctor

    Hi,

    Which one should I use if I have to use one of those? In my country "lady doctor" is common, but I think the correct term should be "female doctor" because "female" can be used both as a noun and as an adjective whereas "lady" is a noun.
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    Re: Female doctor OR lady doctor

    I don't think we differentiate. My doctor is a woman, if I refer to her I simply say her name. If someone wants to know what sex my doctor is, I would expect them to ask "Is your doctor male or female?" or "Is your doctor a man or a woman?"
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    Re: Female doctor OR lady doctor

    I have never felt the need to specify the gender of any doctor i have consulted.

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    If I use "lady/female doctor", is it incorrect to you?

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    Re: Female doctor OR lady doctor

    There is also "woman doctor". (I remember being asked if I would be okay with having a woman doctor.)

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    Re: Female doctor OR lady doctor

    Quote Originally Posted by Untaught88 View Post
    If I use "lady/female doctor", is it incorrect to you?
    Why do you feel the need to use those terms?

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    Re: Female doctor OR lady doctor

    Quote Originally Posted by Untaught88 View Post
    If I use "lady/female doctor", is it incorrect to you?
    Lady doctor would be bizarre in AmE. Female doctor sounds odd, but not as bad.

    The best way to refer to a doctor who is female is this: ​Doctor.
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    Re: Female doctor OR lady doctor

    The problem is that if you say 'lady/female' doctor, it becomes potentially confusing if you're referring to the doctor's gender, or their specialty.

    Sometimes 'lady doctor/female doctor' is used as a synonym for 'gynecologist', because all the doctor's patients are women (regardless of the doctor's actual gender), since their area of expertise is the female reproductive system.

    It used to be considered embarrassing and crude, or even a mild taboo to discuss such personal matters in public conversation, or at least between genders. Ergo, 'female/lady doctor' became a euphemism for gynecologist, for those wish to avoid speaking directly about it.

    Today I imagine this probably isn't as common as it used to be, as social norms evolve, but you'll still hear it used.
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    Re: Female doctor OR lady doctor

    I have only heard:

    OB/GYN

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    Re: Female doctor OR lady doctor

    Of the offered terms, I prefer "female doctor". In most cases, gender is not relevant, but in some cases, urology and gynecology, it may be.

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