Sex differences in the delivery of fertility control services were explored in a national survey of 1420 recently trained obstetrician-gynecologists in active practice. Women were found to be more likely than men to provide abortion services but less likely than men to provide amniocentesis and certain infertility services. Women were found to contribute less than their proportionate share of two services for which volume was measured: artificial inseminations and sterilizations. Physician gender, however, was a less important predictor of volume of sterilizations delivered than were a set of practice-related variables. Overall our findings suggest that the increased representation of women among obstetrician-gynecologists could influence the delivery of a few specific services.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Obstetrics and Gynecology