I find myself surrounded by wonderful medical professionals who do everything in their power and go out of their way for their patients. I would never say that it is only the fault of Dr’s, medical consultants and nurses. But rather society, lack of specialists in women’s healthcare, and the fact that there isn’t money going into the right pockets (which do not belong to the Dr’s 99% of the time- made up number, but you understand what I am getting at). With that in mind, lets consider a few of the ways that women’s healthcare has completely failed us:
1. Contraception will cure all!
Group A carcinogen and we give it out for health issues as minor as acne. Because that’s good for them, right?
2. Bandaid care
Why fix root issues when you can give meds to cover up the offending symptoms? Never mind the new symptoms- we’ve got meds for those too.
3. Postpartum Depression
Postpartum Depression can occur anytime between 2 weeks to 2 years postpartum. While many causes have been brought forwards as possible causes, the extreme drop of progesterone following giving birth is the cause sited by NaProTechnology Dr’s and Medical Consultants. They treat this with a bio-identical progesterone compound which has changed the lives of many of my close friends, family and even clients- within hours- for the better!! Added benefit: no negative side effects from anti depressant meds for either mom or baby!
4. “You’ll grow out of it”
Bleeding 21 days of the month on a 30 day cycle? Fainting from pain? Unable to function? You’ll grow out of it. I can only assume they mean menopause.
5. Repeat miscarriage before they look for a cause.
Sometimes there is nothing you can do- but wouldn’t you rather know you and your healthcare provider are doing everything in your collective power to bring this baby not only into this world but to term? Why do so many Dr’s wait until you have miscarried 3 or 4 times?!
6. Not seeing women for prenatal care until they are 14 weeks along
Miscarriage risk has significantly lowered now that the baby is older and has taken over production of progesterone to sustain the pregnancy. At 14 weeks they’ll take your pregnancy seriously because there is less risk and less work. You’ve got to be kidding me.
7. Sex Ed= Massive Joke
How about lets get some real information in there. Value and dignity of self, life, each other? Less of a graphic how-to in making sex cheap and selfish. More in actual facts. There are basic things adults don’t know about sex and fertility that are so basic. Such as: -pre-ejaculitory fluid being higher in sperm count by volume than ejaculation. -Cervical fluid is located on the outside of the body when a woman is fertile. -Any sperm that could be brought into contact via genital, hand, oral- or any other method- with this fluid can result in contact pregnancy. Still think withdrawal is going to work? Nope. And please, let’s be sure to hand out one of the contraception methods with the highest failure rates out there at the end of the session so everyone can go experiment with their now dumbed down views of self and others. Just, no.
8. Not encouraging women to know their bodies
Forget what your body is telling you through scientifically proven biological markers unique to each of us and instead trust the medical system that is failing us in more ways than we will ever realize.