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How Gender Bias in Medicine Affects Women With Fibromyalgia


It is not easy being a woman with fibromyalgia. According to a 2018 study published in the Journal of Women’s Health, “Fibromyalgia is most prevalent among middle-aged women, encompassing 75%–90% of those diagnosed.” As a young woman diagnosed 10 years ago with this disease, I know first-hand the bias that exists against women in the medical field, and the hurdles we experience trying to receive care.

This can include refusal to receive diagnostic tests, prescription of unnecessary medications, suggestions that we get therapy rather than continue searching for a physical answer, and dismissal of the severity of our issues.

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