It’s Not All In Your Head—Women and “Healthcare Gaslighting”

2018 has been a year for “shining a light in dirty, dark corners,” in terms of the harassment and inequality of women in the US, says physician Katherine Sherif. The movement is perhaps also helping to surface chilling stories of medical negligence and oversight in women’s health.

PCOS Challenge nonprofit founder Sasha Ottey calls it “healthcare gaslighting,” where women, especially those of color, persistently suffer from undiagnosed sexual and reproductive conditions while facing dismissive doctors and the exhausting need to advocate more stridently for themselves as patients.

“We’re frustrated that it sometimes takes someone decades to get a diagnosis,” Ottey says.

The Atlantic

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