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How the Roe v. Wade Reversal Affects Informed Choice for Other Treatments

It’s essential we recognize the woman’s body as a whole, medical, human body. At conception, women may have autoimmune diseases, multiple sclerosis, cancer, depression, and a myriad of other physical and/or mental illnesses. The medications and treatment we receive as women, the choices we make about treatment based on what works, and personal beliefs belong to the patient and should remain a conversation between the doctor and the patient.

Women have only been involved in most medical studies since 1986, and women make up 80-90% of individuals with autoimmune disorders. It’s no surprise then that the medical community lacks a comprehensive understanding of autoimmunity. Other women in the chronic illness community and I speak for hours about the walls we hit when trying to get diagnosed, being called hysterical, a hypochondriac, and told, “it’s just stress.” Given the fact that women have a higher tolerance for pain on average than men, one would hope a woman would be heard when she voices pain.

A friend of mine with psoriatic arthritis had a rheumatologist who would not treat her with methotrexate until she had an IUD put in her uterus. For many autoimmune diseases, methotrexate is a first line of defense, and often an effective medication for combating arthritic symptoms. A fellow Mighty member wrote about her experience with a doctor in her story, What I Learned When a Doctor Put Her Bias About Medication Above My Needs, “ “What do you mean I have no other options? What about methotrexate?” She replied, “Eh, I don’t really like giving out that medication, because I had a 17-year-old girl who was on it and she got pregnant.”

I am thankful I was able to get methotrexate. My rheumatologist informed me that if I plan to

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