Any young woman who’s encountered a serious health issue can tell you how common it is to have doctors not take your symptoms seriously, thanks to medical bias and general lack of understanding about women’s health.
Unfortunately, there are a vast number of health conditions that commonly affect young women, whether because of sex-specific factors like having uterine tissue, global trends that make us a high-risk population, or other facts.
And the less these issues are talked about, the fewer people will know about them — leading to delays in diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
This isn’t to say that older women or younger men don’t have serious health issues that disproportionately affect them, or even that they aren’t affected by some of the health issues on this list.
But there are certain common conditions that seriously affect women in their teens, twenties, and thirties that we don’t know as much about
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Mental Health Issues
Increasingly, young women are the most vulnerable group for mental illnesses like anxiety and depression, according to research in 2017. Rates of diagnosis of depression in young women have risen from 18 percent in 2009 to 25 percent in 2015, and girls between the ages of 14 and 18 have a higher rate of depression than boys of the same age, according to the organization Mental Health America.
There’s also been an increase of over 60 percent in the number of teen girls admitted to hospital for self-harming behavior in the last ten years. Part of this rise can be explained by societal taboos and more awareness of mental illness, but mental health issues do disproportionately affect young women.