LIFI23 When Will Women’s Health Be Taken Seriously?

Words by Simon Fogal
From Chapter 81

Event 1, When Will Women’s Health Be Taken Seriously? was incredible. We had so many laughs and tears!

Despite making up over half of the population, women are still both underrepresented and undertreated when it comes to their health. But what’s at the root of these inequalities? All over the world, poorer healthcare is received by those experiencing menopause, endometriosis, conditions related to infertility and gynecological problems – to name just a few. Not only that but there’s also a collective feeling of not being listened to, taken seriously or adequately supported. This leads to delayed treatment, and misdiagnosis and ultimately affects working lives and societal status.

This panel explored the reasons for and effects of these health inequalities and what else needs to be done to shift the balance.

LIFI acknowledges that not all people who experience these issues are women, and not all women experience these issues. Panellists:  Davina McCall, Dr. Christine Ekechi, Lauren Mahon, Cherry Healey, Gabby Jahanshahi-Edlin and Kenny Ethan Jones

Top 5 Takeaways

  • There has been a 225% increase in wait times to see a consultant in the UK.
  • It’s only in the last 50 years that women have been included in medical research
  • Endometriosis is as common as diabetes 
  • 1 in 4 people with Secondary Breast Cancer who visit the GP are misdiagnosed 3 or more times.
  • Davina McCall felt she couldn’t talk about menopause because she wouldn’t be allowed on TV again.

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Further Help

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Words by Simon Fogal
From Chapter 81