Jan 26, 2023, 5:00 am UTC
The excruciating truth about women's pain
"While performing a very unnecessarily invasive pelvic exam the doctor turned to her resident & told her that she did not believe I was experiencing any pain or that I had endometriosis at all & that I just wanted a medical certificate to get out of my exam. She finished her examination without a word to me & left the room.
I was horrified."
Her story is all too familiar for women — and especially women of color — experiencing pain. They often encounter indifference, disbelief, and dismissal from the very people they turn to for support.
So what do we know about the gender pain gap? And why is women's pain so misunderstood?
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