I’ve linked to many stories about how women’s health concerns have been ignored, either individually (by doctors not taking them seriously) or collectively (by drugs not being tested on women) (e.g. here) but I thought it would be a good idea to have a thread dedicated to these sorts of stories.
She was told to lose weight, but something else was going on
An all-too familiar story of a woman who had health problems which were ignored or dismissed as lack of willpower for years until finally one doctor decided to test for polycystic ovarian syndrome which, of course, was the cause. It’s fucking infuriating that doctors can put people though so many years of frustration and ill-health because they’d rather pretend that the symptoms are due to some sort of moral failing rather than legitimate health concerns.
Of course, it’s not just women who face this kind of bias. Research published in PNAS found that there’s a racial bias in terms of pain perception,
“Black Americans are systematically undertreated for pain relative to white Americans. . . . [Our] findings suggest that individuals with at least some medical training hold and may use false beliefs about biological differences between blacks and whites to inform medical judgments, which may contribute to racial disparities in pain assessment and treatment.”