Our Bodies

My Doctor Mistook Food Poisoning for Period Symptoms

Why medicine still has a women’s problem, and what we can do about it.

Joanne Scarlet
Nov 18, 2019 · 6 min read

“Women are still their gender first and their biology second as they navigate medical systems and doctors’ mental geographies. They cannot be trusted to speak about their bodies truthfully.”

“Scientists routinely exclude or under-recruit female subjects — either human or animal — for clinical trials, even for diseases that tend to affect more women than men.”


I’m concerned, and I feel that maybe you aren’t hearing me. Help me understand why you don’t see this as a problem.”

4th Wave Feminism

A publication for the next generation of feminists.

Joanne Scarlet

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Closeted writer, avid reader, writing to make sense of the world

4th Wave Feminism

A publication for the next generation of feminists.

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