Why don’t doctors trust women?

The medical community have known for a century that women are living in constant pain. They’ve done nothing about it.

So says author Gabrielle Jackson in her new book Pain and Prejudice.

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“Why are women still being treated as hysterical, overly emotional, anxious and unreliable witnesses to their own wellbeing? Why do doctors still treat their patients who are female, people of colour or gender-diverse differently to their white male patients? Why don’t they trust us?”

Gabrielle Jackson, Guardian Australia

I do recommend you read the full article.

Over the years I’ve observed that the painful conditions identified by Gabrielle Jackson there – “endometriosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, painful bladder syndrome, migraine headache, chronic tension-type headache, temporo-mandibular joint disorders, chronic lower back pain and vulvodynia”- are common reasons for women to seek complementary health care.

Often they’ve been seeking help from medical doctors for years, with or without relief or reassurance.

What’s been your experience?


Please remember that this post is provided to inform, and isn’t a substitute for diagnosis, treatment, care and attention provided by appropriately qualified health professionals. It’s always important that you have a family doctor whom you visit regularly.

2 thoughts on “Why don’t doctors trust women?

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  1. This is so true. I have found that doctors do not believe all that I tell them. When I explain that I have seen at least 7 doctors in 10 years, they try to convince me that it’s on me for not finding the “right fit” yet. Thank you for bringing this up in convo, it’s something that needs to be discussed.

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