Culture, politics, medical practices, and scientific understandings of the female body all influence our knowledge of women’s health.
In today’s episode, I’m doing something different and talking about how the medical field is failing women in the United States. The reality of women’s health in this country leaves much to be desired, from exclusion from biomedical research to gaslighting by providers and everything in between.
It’s a controversial topic, and we need to increase awareness because definite improvements need to be made. I’m discussing the social factors that influence the state of women’s health, the silence and stigma surrounding menstruation and menopause, the far-reaching impact of racism on health outcomes, and more. This is my plea for us to do more to promote women’s health. Enjoy the episode.
-The historical exclusion and marginalization of women and the impact it’s had on women’s health
-Denial of bodily autonomy and the experience of Henrietta Lacks
-The lack of biomedical research on women and ongoing challenges in collecting research data
-Why the Office of Research on Women’s Health was established
-The current state of women’s health in the US
-Differences in women’s health outcomes
-Limited medical attention given to menstruation and menopause despite the social significance
-Racial disparities and leading causes of maternal mortality
-Cervical cancer and the HPV vaccine
-Poor treatment of women with pelvic pain and the misdiagnosis of endometriosis
-The high rates of violence against women in the US
-Opportunities to improve women’s experiences in the medical system and health outcomes
-The need to promote equity in women’s health and research
Mentioned In This Episode
Rebecca Skloot’s Book | The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
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