Today is the International Day for Action on Women's Health. Historically, health conditions associated with women have not been prioritised, with symptoms surrounding (for example) menopause often being overlooked. This has meant that not enough is known about conditions that only affect women, or about how conditions that affect both men and women impact women in different ways.
It can lead to poorer advice and diagnosis and, as a result, worse outcomes. Symptoms can often differ between men and women, and studies show some conditions, like coronary blockages, are more likely to be misdiagnosed among women than men.
The Department for Health and Social Care is calling for evidence for their Women's Health Strategy. You can share your experiences and help shape the future of health policy to better meet women's needs: Find out more about the call for evidence HERE. The easiest way to respond is via the public survey HERE.