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Why Women Aren’t Diagnosed As Quickly As Men

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Danish scientists conducted a huge study analyzing the hospital admissions of more than 6 million patients and it turns out that it takes women much longer than men to get qualified assistance. On average, the difference can be up to 4 years, while this period of time can be crucial in getting fully recovered. In this article, you’ll find out why there are still differences in “male” and “female” medicine, and what consequences this can lead to.

At Bright Side, we also conducted our own study by asking women about the worst recommendation they’ve ever gotten from a doctor. Based on the answers we received, we identified some criteria that should be a red flag, warning you that you should change your specialist immediately.

Criterion #1: All diseases come from being single.

This may sound like a paradox, but women usually encounter this stereotypic medical opinion when they visit a gynecologist. For example, about one in 10 women have endometriosis, but it can take them up to 8 years to be diagnosed with this or another autoimmune disease, and they have to visit 5 different doctors, on average, to finally get their diagnosis. Why does this happen? Often, when a woman experiences pelvic pain, it’s recommended to her that she needs to lead a regular sexual life. For some reason, doctors think that that’s the cure for all female diseases.

  • When I was brought to the hospital with the ruptured ovary, the first question the gynecologist asked was, “Are you married?” @Inga_Kudracheva
  • My doctor once recommended that I get married as a remedy against migraines. m6lin6

Criterion #2: Anything can be “cured” with childbirth.

If a woman finds a regular partner, but her health hasn’t improved, she could get a recommendation that holds the second place in terms of popularity, which is to become a mother. Knowledgeable specialists are aware that childbirth is a serious test, even for a healthy body. A woman can get post-natal depression, cardiovascular diseases, the condition of her teeth, hair, and nails can worsen significantly, etc. So, it’s obvious that childbirth can’t be a remedy. Besides, having children is a huge responsibility. They need care, love, and financial support, and they can’t replace proper diagnostics and treatment.

  • I went to a trichologist to find out why I was losing hair. She said, “You need to become a mother.” It eventually turned out that I lacked iron in my body. @InPearly
  • I was once told to “have a child” to get rid of my insomnia. @himmellegem_e
  • When I was 19, I had severe abdominal pains because of the ovarian cyst. The doctor told me that if I get pregnant, it will help me. nextxoxexit
  • There was a period in my life when doctors recommended childbirth for everything. Is it cystitis? “You need to become a mother.” Do you have spine problems? “Children will help you.” You can’t get rid of sinus infection? “When you deliver a child, it’ll pass.” But it didn’t help. Maybe I did it wrong? Hatial
  • My urologist told me that I should get pregnant to make my floating kidney go up. I decided not to ask whether I need to be pregnant forever to keep my kidney in the right position. Iezilop
  • My 12-year-old daughter was ill: fever, coughing, sore throat. We took her to the doctor and a woman came to the room, she was probably 45-50 years old. She examined my daughter’s throat, then looked at me, my daughter, we discussed our house, and then she asked, “Is this your only child? You need to have another one, then you won’t have time to be ill.” TekhiPondokhva

It seems that the purpose of the second child is to solve problems that appeared after the birth of the first one. But as we mentioned above, even the first pregnancy is a serious test to a woman’s body. While the second pregnancy only increases the risk of developing old and new diseases.

Specialists say that a woman should wait at least 18 months before getting pregnant again. Too little time between pregnancies increases the risk of premature birth, it can also lead to the reoccurrence of diseases that appeared during the first pregnancy. That’s why, before you plan your next pregnancy, you need to have a full physical.

If a woman is persistent and goes to see the same doctor, she is then lectured that all her problems are absolutely normal for a pregnant woman.

  • My gynecologist usually has 2 explanations for all kinds of complaints:

1. “You’ve never given birth, why are you surprised?”

2. “You’ve given birth, why are you surprised?” bbk17

  • 3 days after I gave birth to my daughter, I went to see a doctor because I had heartburn and labored breathing. I was told to come back in a week to get ultrasound my gall bladder. According to my doctor, “Gallstones usually come out after giving birth.” 2 days later, my mother took me to a hospital when my symptoms began to give me an unbearable headache, and I couldn’t breathe in a horizontal position. In the hospital, they told me that I would have died in 12 hours if I didn’t come to them, because I had congestive heart failure.” tottalytubular

There are many diseases and conditions that women can suffer from, but medicine doesn’t know the reasons for all of them. That is why doctors often say, “You’re not the only one with this. You don’t need to worry.” For example, women suffer from migraines and chronic fatigue 4 times more often than men, they suffer from autoimmune diseases 3 times more often than men, and Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and depression 2 times more often than men.

The other important problem is that doctors don’t always know how medications can affect a woman’s body. For many years, clinical research was only conducted on men because it was more simple and cheaper. Men don’t have periods and their tests are always clear. That is why when women are prescribed a regular dose of medication, which is calculated in accordance with an average male body mass and male metabolism, it can lead to side effects and even an overdose.

Criterion #3: Don’t overthink your problems.

It is believed that women are more emotional and are more inclined to exaggerate their problems, while men try to endure even severe pain. Studies have showed that on average, women receive any analgesic treatment in an emergency department 16 minutes later than men. Women also have less of a chance to get a full workup when they go to the emergency room with symptoms of an acute cardiac ischemia. It happens because their symptoms can differ from those of men. For example, women might complain of discomfort in their stomach, nausea, and pain in their lower jaw. That is why they can be sent back home with the recommendation to relax.

  • I was complaining of sudden fainting, for example, on public transportation. They told me to walk more. @pankratievao
  • When I began to suspect that I had problems, I made an appointment with a psychiatrist. He told me, “How can it be that such a young lady has problems?” I never went to him again. @tiger_magician
  • My aunt died of pancreatitis at the age of 52. My mother died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 44. After my mother’s death I asked a doctor if there were any tests I could get to make sure I don’t have any genetic disorders. I was told, “We will all die of something.” PoweredBySun
  • I went to see an oncologist because I had an unusual birthmark. They told me that I should become a mother, in that case I wouldn’t have time to examine my body and worry. @its_cow_which

Public opinion

  • Women assume responsibility for not only themselves, but also their families more often, and they simply can’t follow the standard recommendation, “to get more rest and to worry less.” The authors of this study say that women with cardiac diseases often don’t get support or understanding from their families. What’s more shocking is that they often feel guilty for their disease which doesn’t allow them to take care of their loved ones like they want to.
  • In accordance with other studies, bystanders are more willing to conduct CPR on men than on women. The problem is that people are afraid to help an unfamiliar woman because they will have to unbutton her clothes and touch her chest to start her heart rhythm. According to statistics, only 39% of women get help in a public place during cardiac arrest.
  • Another study showed that women suffering from dementia can’t get proper care in comparison with men. They visit doctors less often, they take the wrong dosage of medications, and their families don’t really take care of them. Meanwhile, 2/3 of people above 80 are women, and they are more prone to dementia.
  • Other studies have shown that even the early symptoms of a disease in a woman increase the risk of divorce significantly. Those with uterine cancer have even slimmer chances of keeping their family together.

What can women do about this? They should stop hiding and belittling their problems trying not to seem like a whiner or seem paranoid. They should be more attentive to themselves and those around them.

Have you and your friends ever encountered similar problems?


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Lil Nas X and Wrangler’s “Old Town Road” clothing line inspires country music fan backlash

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“Old Town Road” star Lil Nas X’s latest move is into fashion, courtesy of a collaboration with Wrangler, the legacy denim and apparel brand that’s become a signature element of the Western aesthetic.

The chart-topping rapper has partnered with the company to launch a capsule clothing collection inspired by his hit song and featuring graphic T-shirts, jeans, and other denim apparel. The collaboration is essentially an extension of one of the most memorable lyrics in “Old Town Road,” which shouts out Wrangler by name: “Cowboy hat from Gucci / Wrangler on my booty.”

Wrangler describes the capsule collection, which launched May 20, as “fresh remixes of classic Wrangler styles for the kind of modern cowboy that can’t be put in a box.”

That’s a cheeky reference to “Old Town Road” itself, which sparked an intense debate over whether the song counts as country music when it debuted on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in March, and was subsequently removed. Despite its references to established Western themes and imagery — the song’s lyrics revolve around a lone cowboy riding his horse into the sunset, after all — Billboard said the song “does not embrace enough elements of today’s country music to chart in its current version.”

Some country music fans and industry observers agreed, arguing that “Old Town Road” qualifies more as hip-hop than country. Others criticized Billboard for feeding rigid ideas about who or what qualifies as country enough, and suggested that Lil Nas X’s race played a part in the song’s reclassification; the fact that Lil Nas X is a black teenager from Atlanta and country is a predominantly white genre did not go unnoticed.

The song quickly became the catalyst for an industry-wide discussion about the definition of country music and racially tinged gatekeeping within the genre. It also became the top song in the country, and has now been No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks straight.

Just like the song itself riled some country music fans amid an outpouring of support for Lil Nas X from his own expansive fanbase, the rapper’s collaboration with Wrangler has met with a polarized response.

The Lil Nas X capsule collection is clearly intended to celebrate and capitalize on the success of “Old Town Road.” Although many Lil Nas X fans have expressed interest in buying the collection, Wrangler is also facing criticism from some consumers, many of whom are threatening to boycott.

Much of the backlash is playing out on social media, where Wrangler has received thousands of comments from customers expressing anger and “disappointment.” (It is unclear if customers have also been contacting the company via other, less public methods; Vox has reached out to Wrangler for comment.) And much of the current conversation revolves around how Wrangler seems to be promoting inclusivity by branching out from its reputation as a brand worn by cowboys and farmers.

Two recent Instagram posts from Wrangler showcasing items from its Lil Nas X collection have received more than 1,000 comments each. While plenty of people have commented on how awesome it looks or asking questions about where to buy, several have declared that the “Old Town Road” items are “ruining the cowboy name that y’all have.”

“Wranglers are to be worn by cowboys and farmers not rappers this is very disappointing,” reads one representative Instagram comment.

Some commenters have more explicitly mentioned race — or called out others’ racism.

“This is the dumbest thing i have seen all day,” one user wrote. “Wtf @wrangler? Why is it about diversity and equality ? There jeans. Quit playin politics.”

Lil Nas X, for his part, seemed mildly surprised by the response.

These comments are in the same vein as those used by some country music fans to describe “Old Town Road” when the song made its chart debut, arguing that rappers have no place in the genre (often while neglecting to acknowledge modern country’s own hip-hop influences). Lingering over this debate is race, which many Instagram users have called out in the comments on Wrangler’s posts. Country music is perceived as an insular, predominantly white genre, while Lil Nas X is a black rapper who draws influences from black artists and musical styles.

But Wrangler’s continued support of Lil Nas X is clear; the brand has been actively responding to its detractors on social media, simply repeating on that is devoted to creating high-quality products for all of its customers.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the drama over the Lil Nas X collection has only served to draw more attention to it. Some pieces have already sold out, like a pair of shorts that say “Wrangler” on the booty, in keeping with the lyrics of “Old Town Road.” Considering that items in the collection cost between $39 for a graphic T-shirt and $129 for a pair of jeans, the outcry, at least from Wrangler’s perspective, seems to have paid off.

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20 Times People Snapped Something Truly Exceptional and Shared the Pics With the World

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We are living in the world that is full of surprises where every single day is a new chance to see something so unusual that it makes you doubt your own vision. A treble clef in a bag of fries, a cat whose fur went gray only on his ears, or a person with 6 fingers — these are just a few extraordinary sights that made people reach for their phones and take a pic.

Here at Bright Side we can’t wait to share our list with you of pics showing the standout things people snapped on their ordinary days.

20. Someone found a treble clef in their fries.

19. The pattern on this dog’s chest resembles a cat’s silhouette.

18. Someone saw a landscape on the bottom of their coffee mug.

17. This stone looks like a pile of mini chocolate bars.

16. This cloud looks like a shark.

15. “This stick I found looks like a burning torch, flame included!”

14. “My sweater sort of matches my pillowcase.”

13. “This truck is carrying nothing but a toy dump truck.”

12. “My empanadas have the filling stamped into them.”

11. “I randomly found the tiniest snail I’ve ever seen! (standard bobby pin for scale)”

10. “My cat has double fangs on both sides.”

9. “This tree near my school track has absorbed a fence and shows the pattern on its bark.”

8. “This is an X-ray of my hedgehog.”

7. “My 12-year-old sister made this perfect cake on her first ever try making one.”

6. “I won every single prize on this lottery ticket.”

5. “I made a giant cardboard statue of my face.”

4. “My cousin’s wedding dress from last night has its own pockets.”

3. This is one million dollars in $10 bills.

2. “A customer came in and let me take a picture of her hands that had 6 fingers on each.”

1. “My aunt’s cat’s ears grayed to here a couple years ago and haven’t changed since.”

Have you ever spotted something truly rare? Did you manage to take a picture of the unusual sight?

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The trend is Camel. Camel is back, and it’s spearheading this season’s Seventies revival. Wear it your way with denim, tailoring and texture.

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