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Women feel ‘invisible’ when it comes to their health, new report reveals

A new report detailing the way women feel about how they have been treated by medical professionals has shown some startling results

Researchers from the University of Manchester, York, and Newcastle joined forces to collate data from 70 women aged between 18 and 76.

The 98-page document focused on four key themes and questions: What are women’s priorities for women’s health? What barriers did women identify as restricting access to health and care services? How do we change the culture and behaviours of the health service professions so women are heard and listened to? And what can we do to improve access to information about women’s health for women?

The team conducted a series of focus groups to discuss the experiences of women from a wide range of backgrounds.

The report, entitled Women’s priorities for women’s health, was commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care and found that older women, in particular, feel ‘invisible’ to health professionals when it comes to fertility, menstruation, childbirth, and menopause.

Dr Holly Essex, a co-author of the report, based at the University of York, said: “Our report allows women’s voices to be heard in a way that enables the government to embed their priorities in a health service that is more responsive to their needs.

“The focus group conversations reveal feelings of being ‘brushed off’; of not being listened to; of being ‘invisible’; of symptoms not always being treated seriously; of a lack of information for women’s health issues; and of being ‘in the dark’ about the state of their health.”

Do you feel listened to by the healthcare professionals you are being treated by? Can you relate to what the women in this report say? We’d love to hear your views, email mystory@ivfbabble.com.

 

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