Section : Permission for a Woman to Seek Medical Treatment from Men.

In cases of necessity, it is permissible for a man to treat a woman, and for a woman to treat a man. Bukhari reports from Rubayyie’ bint Mu’awwizh ibn ‘Afra that she said: “We participated in battles with the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, and we (women) provided the people with water, looked after them, and brought the wounded and the dead back to Madinah.” (Bukhari, Chapter on “Can a Man Treat a Woman, or a Woman a Man?”)

In his book, Al-Fath, Al-Hafiz writes: “When necessary, it is permissible to treat strangers with whom one is not related or not consanguine. Therefore, looking at, probing, and touching, etc., in such cases are also allowed.”

In Al-Adab al-Shar’iah Ibn Muflih writes: “If a woman is sick and no female doctor is available, a male doctor may treat her. In such a case the doctor is permitted to examine her, including her genitals. The same applies to a male doctor treating a sick man. Ibn Hamdan says: “If a man is sick and there is no male doctor available to treat him, then he may be treated by a female doctor. She is permitted to examine him, including his genitals.” AlQadi writes: “A physician is permitted to look at a woman and her private parts in case of necessity. Likewise, if need be, a woman or a man is permitted to look at the private parts of a man.”