It’s an issue that has been relevant, arguably, since the beginning of time; women’s health and a lack of concern and priority is nothing new, although, I do believe the issue itself is worsening in terms of severity as of late, specifically referencing the looming potential of The Supreme Court overturning the Roe versus Wade court case.
I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), as do a shit ton of other women. This condition is gaining prevalence amongst women of a variety of ages, yet despite its heightening numbers, there is yet to be any conclusive treatment for the condition.
PCOS, if you’re unaware, is when a woman has reoccurring cysts on her ovaries. Cysts can be present on one ovary or both, and said cysts tend to rupture. This results in bleeding (not your menstrual cycle, though), cramping, bloating, nausea, and back pain. It feels similar to a period, except it isn’t, and there is absolutely nothing that can be done for it, other than invasive surgery to remove cysts, though they often form again. The other option is to remove all of your internal lady bits.
Neither are terribly appealing.
I’m not going to list all of the delightful side effects that come with PCOS, but weight gain, infertility, reproductive issues and the development of coarse body hair are among a few worth mentioning.
My sister also suffers from PCOS, and she and I were chatting about it the other night and how we both find it a tad ridiculous that no treatment for the condition has been developed. I realize there are plenty of other conditions in existence that, too, do not have any applicable treatment for them, but I think it is fair to state that any condition that strictly affects women is not likely to be prioritized over conditions that affect strictly men or both men and women.
Women’s health is not a joke, however, it tends to be treated as if it were. We need to do better, and we need to do better now.