Connecticut Must End the Ignorance Surrounding EndometriosisJanuary 5, 2022
In a recent opinion piece, Representative Jillian Gilchrest of West Hartford discusses the misunderstanding and often misdiagnosis of Endometriosis in women.
Gilchrest says "the lack of knowledge among medical providers is in large part a result of the chronic under-researching of women’s health conditions. Additionally, women face sexism that delays diagnosis, including the normalization of female pain and period stigma. The intersection of sexism and racism means Black women face additional barriers including medical provider implicit bias, a legacy of abuse of Black women’s bodies, and a discriminatory belief that Black women have a higher threshold for pain."
In 2021, Gilchrest launched the CT Endometriosis Working Group to develop policy solutions for Endometriosis awareness and treatment that could be considered during the 2022 legislative session. The group heard from women across the state who are currently living with Endometriosis. In addition, there were presentations from leading medical experts in the state about the latest in treatment, research, and detection.
"Women deserve better. Endometriosis and the individuals it impacts have been ignored for far too long. This ignorance causes countless individuals to self-medicate, experience depression and anxiety, and contemplate or commit suicide. The Endometriosis Working Group will be making policy recommendations in the areas of education, training, and coverage in preparation for the 2022 legislative session."
You can read Rep. Gilchrest's entire oped which was published in the CT Mirror here.