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An insane medical idea

Endometriosis is a painful condition in which tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows around other organs inside the abdomen. It affects 1.5 million women in the UK. The study looked at the experiences of treatment and diagnosis of 33 patients and revealed how doctors’ lack of understanding of the symptoms meant women often spent years in pain before their condition was diagnosed. During this period participants were told they were exaggerating their symptoms, or their pain was dismissed as psychological.

So, on the basis of no medical training at all. Whether endometriosis is actually rising in incidence or merely in prominence is unkown – to me at least. But assume in incidence.

Some women do have more painful periods than others. One of the longstanding – and this could just be male doctors of course – suggestions about painful periods is to have a child. Perhaps that full exercise of the bits will sort them out. How useful that is I’m not sure but that has been one of the things said over time.

Even if not true at least during the pregnancy itself the symptoms will disappear.

One more assumption on this Jenga Tower of nonsense. Endometriosis will be worse in those having bad periods.

So, the move from a society where primagravidae is 20 to one where it’s 30 will increase the incidence of endometriosis as reported.

QED.

Now, Jenga Tower of assumptions etc. But, just imagine, for a moment, that it’s true. Go on. How many doctors will be allowed to say so without getting hounded from office by the harpies? Which is the real problem we’ve got, isn’t it? Not even anything about endometriosis, but that we all know that certain answers, even if they’re true, are not allowed these days. No, it gets worse too. Because wrong answers are also hugely informative – if we’re allowed to work through why they’re wrong and so dispeove them. But if we’re not allowed to even mention wrong answers, if they’re rejected for political, not scientific, reasons then we’re still fucked, aren’t we?

10 thoughts on “An insane medical idea”

  1. You could also point out that the increase in the complaints about how the NHS deal with endometriosis pretty much mirrors the rise in the number of female GPs. Its entirely arguable that male GPs would take women’s complaints more seriously, precisely because they have no personal experience of the matter to cloud their judgement. Whereas all women have to deal with these issues, so female GPs will have their own experiences to judge other women against – ‘I’ve coped fine, stop complaining!’

  2. I have a vague childhood memory of overhearing my Mum talking about “women’s issues” with my grandmother, and my grandmother’s comment was something like: “well, I’ve had seven children and I had barely any trouble”.
    When you spend your late 20s and 30s either pregnant or lactating, you will miss out on all those not-being-pregnant-related issues.

  3. Pregnancy doesn’t really cure or diminish endometriosis. It can even induce it.

    What a pregnancy does do, at least used to do in the Olden Days, is let a woman experience actual, real, discomfort and pain, followed by an extended period where she has other things on her mind than minor bodily discomforts.
    Of course, the modern Spoiled Princesses never , ever experienced actual, real pain, and hospitals actively ensure they never will when it comes to pregnancies and giving birth, so they never get their brain and attitudes “reset”.

    And for the ones, very few actually, as usual…, who have drawn the Short End and do suffer extensively from this particular Embuggerance, modern science has provided with perfectly functional hormonal therapy in the form of pills, and even implants.
    Unless, of course, you have the Unfortune to live in a country ruled by the NHS…

  4. When you spend your late 20s and 30s either pregnant or lactating

    Doing sex to the wife on the regular cures most female complaints. I think Millennials must be using the wrong hole.

  5. Julia: Daughter & sister-in-law likewise.

    Grikath: Daughter says the drugs do help but it’s difficult to balance the relief with the side-effects.

  6. “Its entirely arguable that male GPs would take women’s complaints more seriously“

    Anecdotal, but my wife has always said she was better treated by male doctors than female when pregnant or other issues, including seeing 3 female doctors before a male doctor who immediately admitted her to hospital rather than saying she was imagining the pain and symptoms

  7. @BniC
    “Anecdotal, but my wife has always said she was better treated by male doctors than female when pregnant or other issues, including seeing 3 female doctors before a male doctor who immediately admitted her to hospital rather than saying she was imagining the pain and symptoms

    I used to work with someone who had lots of time off with problems due to the menopause on the whole men were more sympathetic to her than women.

  8. My daughter, age 30, was rushed to hospital when an endometrial cyst burst, she went into surgery for appendicitis, that’s the level of pain she experienced. The surgery was was paused when the cause was found and to call in a gynecologist.
    T.he (female) surgeon and the (again female) nurses were amazed that she could just consider the period pain as a normal part of life.
    I’m a pale, stale, male, but we’ve shyed away from women’s health problems for too long by just assuming that they’re the same as us and conducting studies with mostly male participants.
    Endometriosis is real problem for many women and deserves more attention

  9. “I’m a pale, stale, male, but we’ve shyed away from women’s health problems for too long by just assuming that they’re the same as us and conducting studies with mostly male participants.
    Endometriosis is real problem for many women and deserves more attention”

    What studies on endometriosis are being done on men? And how is it that its all men’s fault, given that the NHS is 77% female?

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