How to Close the Gender Health Gap
Menopause may be entering the public consciousness (although, bewilderingly, it is not a required part of the school curriculum). 41 per cent of UK university medical schools), but many other areas of women’s health have information gaps for both clinicians and patients. According to the results of the Women’s Health Strategy, only 8% of respondents feel that they are well informed about gynecological diseases such as endometriosis and fibroids. And away from conditions and towards basic anatomical detail, a 2017 survey found that almost half of women don’t know what a cervix is. “They don’t know their bodies and we don’t teach them about their bodies,” says Griffin.
Too often, women are told their symptoms are “normal,” when what doctors should really say is “common.” “Instead of saying, this is what happens, how can we make it better? We said, this is just what happens, this is normal.” As a result, women leave GP appointments feeling left out and without the opportunity to discuss how their symptoms are affecting their lives. “The impact was completely lost from the conversation.”
Part of the problem is that a lot of doctors still don’t know about the female body. Women were excluded from medical trials for a number of reasons, including the erroneous belief that their menstrual cycle could falsify the results, perceived risks to fertility, and relationships. concerns about fertility in women in their 20s and 30s, and the increased cost of incorporating other populations and/or subpopulations into medical studies. So far, researchers have extrapolated that what works for men will work for women—which obviously doesn’t always work. Take sleeping pills zolpidem in the US, for example, because it is released in women’s bodies more slowly than in men, it still works for women the morning after they take their dose. The FDA had to adjust dosages for women after a number of serious driving crashes raised awareness of the problem.
So how do we close many of the gender gaps in healthcare? The UK government’s Women’s Health Strategy sets out a number of ambitions and positive actions, including a commitment to biennial reproductive health experience surveys, as well as an investment invested £2 million ($2.48 million) in a randomized controlled trial of endometriosis to examine. Efficacy of surgery versus nonsurgical interventions for the management of chronic pelvic pain in women. However, many recommendations, while well-intentioned, are vague, difficult to implement, and difficult to measure.
Meanwhile, a wave of new companies is filling the void, always fueled by founders’ frustration at the alarming lack of options and information available. Take Lower. prescribing doctor. Or biology Juno, the vaginal microbiome test, claims that it is “on a mission to close the gender health gap” by providing personalized results on vaginal bacteria that give women control. more comprehensive health and fertility control. Or Maven Clinica virtual care platform that provides comprehensive care to those who are planning, starting and raising a family, with a dedicated “care facilitator” for all members.