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I Should Not Need a Man With Me to Be Taken Seriously at Medical Appointments

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I am a 27-year-old woman. I have been going to doctor’s appointments alone since I got my driver’s license at 17. Everything from a yearly physical to the cardiologist.

What I noticed as time went on was doctors, specifically male doctors, would treat me differently when my dad was able to accompany me to an appointment.

They were more receptive to my symptoms and would be more willing to run extensive tests. While I appreciate my dad’s willingness to come with me to appointments, I have to pose the question, why is it necessary?

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