Photo credit: Fibroid and Pelvic Wellness Center of Georgia
Women’s health has tremendously been undermined and overlooked in the healthcare system. In the doctor’s office, women are often not heard or seen. Even worse, Black women are rarely acknowledged.
Fortunately, a few doctors have decided to change that narrative. Gynecologist Soyini Hawkins, who works at the Fibroid and Pelvic Wellness Center in the state of Georgia, firmly believes in women’s health. In particular, the surgeon has become a strong advocate for women who suffer from endometriosis.
According to research, “Black women are only about half as likely to be diagnosed with endometriosis compared to white women. Conversely, Asian women were more than 50% more likely to have this diagnosis than white women.”
Unfortunately, the vast majority of women who suffer from this disease are ignored by doctors, especially male physicians. Many healthcare providers have the misconception that endometriosis is just a part of “womanhood” or that a woman’s pain is often fabricated.
Fortunately, doctors like Hawkins believe that women, especially Black women, deserve to be heard and treated as human beings. Taking things a step further, Hawkins believes that treating endometriosis isn’t a “one-and-done” deal, it’s a life-long process. In...