Team Miracle at the Dogus IVF clinic for reproductive medicine has an excellent reputation. This highly skilled group of people have worked together very rapidly to establish the clinic as one of excellence in the field of IVF, with a success rate of almost three times that of the UK. They offer multiple choices for your treatment, such as gender selection, egg donation, ICSI and embryo donation. All of the team at the clinic are versatile, extremely competent and skilled at achieving success. However, there is one member who particularly stands out and that is Dr Firdevs, the only female obstetrician in North Cyprus. Her involvement alone probably accounts for much of the success rate, as a number of recent studies have shown that patients treated by women are more likely to have successful treatment.
This was not always the case. Historically, women have not been welcomed into the medical profession. Whilst they have always had a role in healthcare, this has largely been as some form of caregiver, such as a nurse or midwife. However, the involvement of women in medicine has been recorded in many early civilisations and has done nothing but increase over the centuries. In 1874 the London School of Medicine for Women was opened, following a determined move from male doctors to prevent access by women to the profession. Slowly, the number of women joining the world of medicine increased and in the UK alone, by the 1990s, 70% of medical school intake was female.
Why was this? Quite simply, from the Roman and Greek ages onwards, women have been perceived as the lesser sex. Even as late as the 1800s this attitude prevailed and girls were often prevented from attending schools in the same way as boys did. They were taught gentle subjects such as art, sewing and singing at home by governesses if they were lucky. If not, they went out to work as soon as they were able. It was extremely rare for a women to be judged on or admired for her intellect. A perfect example of this is the Bronte sisters, who when they wrote their famous novels styled themselves as men, in the absolute expectation that admitting to being female would prevent any interest in their work.
Gradually though, this attitude began to change in the medical world. Firstly there were high-profile nurses such as Florence Nightingale and Marie-Curie and then by the mid-20th century an altogether different opinion began to be formed. During the 1940s-60s some problems became apparent in the field of gynaecology, namely that there began to be a distinct blurring of the lines between clinical and sexual. Many doctors used the pelvic examination as a form of sexual instruction for young brides ahead of their wedding night and for the first time women became bold enough to speak up about feeling uncomfortable. This then prompted interest in and allegiance to female doctors who, in their new-found popularity, began encouraging more and more young women to attend medical school. The resulting women’s health movement gained momentum and raised the profile of research into and awareness of specifically female medical problems. These days, that includes infertility.
A number of benefits have been reported from women being treated by female doctors and especially in the sphere of IVF :
- Women report feeling more relaxed. This is no surprise when you consider the invasive nature of procedures like IVF; it is far easier to trust someone who has actual experience of an identical anatomy, rather than a male doctor who has learned it all from a textbook.
- Female doctors are likely to be more in tune with their patients’ emotions, which is highly important in what can be an emotionally volatile setting.
- There are practical differences such as smaller hands which many women report feeling more comfortable with.
- They are more equipped to deal with questions and issues than male doctors.
Additionally, a new study from the University of Montreal has revealed other benefits to being treated by a female doctor. These doctors are more likely to follow evidence-based guidelines, they score more highly on the provision of care and quality of care, they have greater empathy and are perceived as better listeners. Some researchers argue that this is society-based, with girls acting as confidantes to their friends far more often than boys, which then leads to better listening skills at the bedside.
Presented with this evidence, it is not difficult to see why having Dr Firdevs on Team Miracle as the only female, medically qualified obstetrician and gynaecologist in North Cyprus is a huge bonus. Since women began entering the world of medicine they have done nothing but increase their numbers and success. It’s predicted that by 2017 in the UK alone there will be more female doctors than male as their popularity and acceptance increases. Dr Firdevs, however, is the one leading the revolution in North Cyprus for Team Miracle.