This business of simply prescribing the Pill for every problem pertaining to a woman’s cycle is an egregious practice, extraordinarily common and marks a lack of care for women’s health:
Pawlowsky said she had suffered from painful menstrual cycles for years and, in the past, had simply been prescribed the pill by doctors who investigated no further. Her doctor diagnosed her with polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal disorder for which she receives treatment. The doctors at CareMedics, she said, “are the first and only health care professionals to take my concerns seriously and to look into my case.”
The Pill doesn’t help with painful cycles, it only makes the pain more regular, and furthermore, it doesn’t uncover why the pain is so extreme. To find real care, well, it is like going on a freaking scavenger hunt. When you finally do get good care, in the form of doctors like the ones currently being maligned, it is a tremendous relief. And you start to find out things that have been wrong for twenty years but no one took the time to thoroughly investigate.
Faye adds: My family doctor is actually one of those three CareMedics physicians. Guess why I sought that physician out? Because of that physician’s perspective on fertility and hormonal care and because I knew that subscribing to that philosophy, that physician wouldn’t simply give me a pill for my problems and send me on my way.
And heck, bonus, we share the same values. The joys of living in a society that mostly values pluralism and a variety of beliefs.
I’ve also been working with this physician’s Toronto colleague for over a year now. As I’ve described in other posts, this physician, using the same approach to medicine, found two significant medical problems that 19 other physicians missed in the preceding years. I also suffered for years with no answers. Until I came across these doctors. God bless them.
This week, I wrote both of them letters and expressed my gratitude to them for being my doctors. I do not take this quality of care for granted.
Andrea adds: I feel like we might as well just come out and say it. The problem here is not that these particular doctors won’t prescribe the Pill. The problem is our medical system and the doctor shortage. Doctors are hard to come by. If this woman who made the initial complaint knew she could easily go off and find another doctor, I don’t think we’d be discussing this today. Then again, we might be, because there is a bit of a totalitarian impulse amongst those who think their sexual ethics are sacred. They want them publicly sanctioned, and a doctor saying “I don’t sanction it and won’t prescribe you this Pill you want” is tantamount to religious heresy. Our opponents on this who want “freedom from religion” are happy to burn someone at the stake (reputation wise) until they get exactly what they want from absolutely everyone.by