Doctors Repeatedly Fail Women in America
Start writing a post

Doctors In America Fail Women, Consistently, Repeatedly — I've Been One Of Them

We can do so much better, America. We really can.

Doctors In America Fail Women, Consistently, Repeatedly — I've Been One Of Them

I was born female. I regret that. I know many people who roll their eyes when I speak on my issue but as someone who has lived in a female body for about 19 years now (and would not if the choice had been given) I have learned one thing: doctors hate listening to women.

The most frustrating thing I hear so often in doctor's offices when discussing my pain is to just wait it out.

Give it a couple of days or "get used to it."

I have gender dysphoria that I am in the midst of getting diagnosed and recognized. I went on birth control to stop my periods and since I saw spotting, I freaked out. I felt it was not working so I went to take the pill twice a day for nearly a month, when my body reacted negatively and began spotting, I freaked out. I decided what I was doing was wrong and went to take the pill once a day as I was supposed to. It was then that my body did a full 180 freak out. I began pouring blood, more than I ever had in my entire life. I called hospitals and asked if I would be able to come in, only for them to tell me I "already had to be a patient here" to enter. I called OBGYNs near me also being informed I "had to already be an existing patient."

I strongly considered walking into the hospital even though I was aware that the women's ward on my nearest hospital mostly dealt with babies being born, prenatal care, and inducing labor. I was terrified of walking into the emergency room and being laughed at, having the whole thing chalked up to nothing more than a heavy period or period pains even though it was, in essence, a birth control overdose.

I was terrified and receiving little to no help.

The only place I was actually able to get an appointment to was Planned Parenthood.

I had never really thought much of the American healthcare system until this point. I mean, I was insured under my parents, I had a decent amount of money (although no care) and I did not see why a practice would not want to schedule patients, was that not...their job? It seemed to be like healthcare is a privilege in America, if you do not already have a regular OBGYN, primary care physician, lots of money, and an insurance that is willing to cover every single procedure you have then you can just bleed, you can just hurt, you can be ill, you can just die.

If it weren't for Planned Parenthood, an organization that the Trump administration is forever seeking to tear down, I do not know if I would ever have gotten any sort of appointment. I would be (and still am) left to wait it out and just hope my body heals itself. My university OBGYN and Planned Parenthood was my only hope.

It baffled me that I was actively turned away time and time again by the very people who were supposed to help me.

I'm currently confused and bleeding and not a single person seems willing to help. It was during this time that I became truly horrified and saddened by the state of the American healthcare system. There is no real basis of understanding for people who just want care, just want to know what's going on with their bodies, or just want to get better.

We can do so much better, America. We really can.

Report this Content

Leaving My Backpack In The Library

Views about society and the stranger sitting right across from me


As a college student, my backpack is an extension of myself in many ways. It contains my notes, pens, and computer vital for my success in college. It contains the snacks and water bottle I need to survive long days on campus. It also contains the "in-case" items that help put my mind at rest if I forgot something from home: extra hair ties, masks, and that backup-backup snack. With so much in my backpack important to me and my life on campus, it is no wonder that I can get apprehensive about it when it is not with me or in my line of sight. And that makes me wonder.

Keep Reading... Show less

5 Cool Gadgets To Make Your Car Smart

Don't let this stop you from making your car smart. You can change the one you have using smart gadgets that transform your car into a smart car.


Cars are no longer just a mode of transport, where you only worry about the engine and how beautiful its interior is. These days, everyone wants to make their cars smarter, those with advanced technology systems. It makes sense for several reasons. It can make your vehicle more efficient and safer when you need to drive.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Inevitable Truth of Loss

You're going to be okay.


As we humans face loss and grief on a daily basis, it's challenging to see the good in all the change. Here's a better perspective on how we can deal with this inevitable feeling and why it could help us grow.

Keep Reading... Show less

'Venom: Let There Be Carnage' Film Review

Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson lead a tigher, more fun sequel to 2018's 'Venom'

Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment – YouTube

When Sony announced that Venom would be getting a stand-alone movie, outside of the Tom Holland MCU Spider-Man films, and intended to start its own separate shared universe of films, the reactions were generally not that kind. Even if Tom Hardy was going to take on the role, why would you take Venom, so intrinsically connected to Spider-Man's comic book roots, and remove all of that for cheap action spectacle?

Keep Reading... Show less

'The Addams Family 2' Film Review

The sequel to the 2019 reboot is an enjoyable, but unremarkable start to the Halloween movie season

Photo Credit: MGM – YouTube

There's a reason why the Addams Family have become icons of the American cartoon pantheon (although having one of the catchiest theme songs in television history doesn't hinder them).

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments