I'm fascinated by information on women's health. Well, really, medical science in general, but especially the medical science that applies to me. I've recently added a few new blogs to my Reader subscriptions that are science blogs by women, a group previously unrepresented in my reading.
And, unsurprisingly, that addition has unleashed a goldmine of good articles. My favorite one so far is this one about women and iron-deficiency. It discusses medical bias in the treatment of anemia in female patients in a (mostly) non-medical-scientist-friendly way. The article is about how medical practitioners assume that anemia is caused by women's menstrual bleeding when studies show that this is not the case.
Information like this is always fascinating to me. Does it really indicate an anti-female bias in medicine? Or is this one of those common misconceptions (like that stress causes ulcers... it's actually a bacterial infection) and doctors just don't question their assumptions? I could make a case either way. Ultimately, this just reconfirms for me that everyone should take an active role in their health care. If you think something is wrong, insist on testing, not opinions.
What do you think? Ever been on the wrong side of a diagnosis or treatment because of your age or gender?*
*Side note: It drives me nuts that every time I go to the doctor with any symptoms, they insist on a pregnancy test, regardless of my cycle timing. Just because I am female and of a certain age, not all my symptoms are related to reproduction!