If you’re having disruptive symptoms or aren’t feeling well, going to a healthcare provider is often the clear next step. But many people — women especially — report that their attempts to seek care and clarity are not always taken seriously.
In fact, a study by AthenaHealth revealed that 55% of women report they’ve interacted with a provider who they felt didn’t take their health concerns seriously. Additionally, more than 54% of the women surveyed said they’ve intentionally not brought up health concerns due to fear of appearing anxious, dramatic, or silly.
While the misdiagnosis or dismissal of women’s health issues is not a new phenomenon, it’s an issue that’s beginning to get the attention it deserves. The growing awareness of what’s been coined medical gaslighting can be credited to those coming forward to share their stories, as well as the healthcare professionals working to promote patient-centered care and self-advocacy as a solution.
Our chief medical officer, Dr. Liz Kwo, spoke on the topic and suggested some of the ways in which patients can best combat medical mistrust. These efforts include seeking out a second opinion, keeping a symptom journal, and simply trusting your own gut instinct.
At Everlywell, we’re here to be part of the solution. We’re showing up to say that we hear you, we’re listening, and together, we can take action on your symptoms.
Because nobody knows your body like you do, we’re committed to expanding your self-advocacy toolkit by providing you with insight you can take action on. By shortening the distance between the disruptive symptoms you’re experiencing today and a healthier tomorrow, we’re here to empower you with clarity and confidence as you move forward and seek care.
Whether it’s actionable results from our 30+ at-home lab tests you can easily share with your healthcare provider or our offering of vitamins and supplements created to provide you with the daily essentials, we’re here and committed to supporting you through whatever your health and wellness journey brings.
In celebration of Women’s Health Week and your partnership as we advocate for your health together year round, we're offering 20% off with the code WH20 now through May 26.
Below, learn more about our tests specific to women’s health, and the actionable results they may be able to provide you with:
1. Female and Millennial Patients Most Likely to Worry about Provider Perceptions, New Research Finds. AthenaHealth. URL. Accessed April 27, 2022.
2. Women Are Calling Out 'Medical Gaslighting.’ The New York Times. URL. Accessed April 27, 2022.