Expert articles & sources – The catastrophic impacts of medical misogyny

The healthcare system has largely been made by men, for men. Almost 4000 years since “hysteria” was blamed on the wandering uterus, sexism in healthcare persists. The costs to women are catastrophic.
Doctors take women’s pain less seriously then men’s, and prescribe fewer powerful painkillers for pain. Despite the fact that 70 percent of people with chronic pain are women, a whopping 80 percent of pain studies are conducted on men, or male mice. Women presenting with chest pain at emergency departments wait 29 percent longer to be evaluated for possible heart attacks. Conditions that disproportionately impact women have historically been underfunded: endometriosis, anxiety disorders, and migraines among them.
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Have chronic pain? You’re more likely to be a woman and less likely to be believed by doctors Fiona Blyth, University of Sydney and Saman Khalatbari-Soltani, the University of Sydney Women with chronic pain want to be listened to, believed, responded to, and effectively treated. Are their cries finally being heard?

‘You don’t look autistic’: Why neurodivergent women have been sidelined Emma Craddock, Birmingham City University ‘Neglecting and causing harm’: Overlooking autistic and ADHD women has been the norm for generations. Gender bias in this field is a public health concern.

Gaslighting doctors make it harder for women with long COVID Gülcan Garip, University of Derby Medical misogyny and gaslighting is having an impact on women seeking medical support for long COVID symptoms. We need to talk about obstetric violence Vijayetta Sharma, Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies Expectant mothers deserve proper care when giving birth. Instead, some face forced surgery, bullying, coercion and insufficient pain relief.

Health apps have potential to empower women. Are they doing the opposite? Caroline Figueroa, Delft University of Technology Digital health tools could help address gender inequities in healthcare — or make them worse. Here’s how to do it right.

How India’s COVID lockdowns impacted menstrual health Karan Babbar, OP Jindal Global University Limited access to period products during India’s COVID lockdowns highlighted how far public health initiatives have to go when it comes to menstruation.

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