The Reason Why Doctors Downplay Female Patients’ Pain in the ER

Because women survive the pain of childbirth, generally, doctors and emergency room triage health professionals perceive all women of having a higher threshold for pain, a recent piece in The Atlantic relays.

Sheesh… That’s got to suck more for those women who don’t even have child.

In the Atlantic article, writer Joe Hassler how his wife was treated during a recent health emergency.

His anecdotal story is backed by research.

Hassler writes:

“Female pain might be perceived as constructed or exaggerated”: We saw this from the moment we entered the hospital, as the staff downplayed Rachel’s pain, even plain ignored it. In her essay, Jamison refers back to “The Girl Who Cried Pain,” a study identifying ways gender bias tends to play out in clinical pain management. Women are “more likely to be treated less aggressively in their initial encounters with the health-care system until they ‘prove that they are as sick as male patients,’” the study concludes—a phenomenon referred to in the medical community as “Yentl Syndrome.”

Aaah Sexism!

The entire piece is a good read, albeit lengthy, it’s still worthwhile.

Read it HERE!

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