Beyond annual checkups, women are missing more medical tests and treatments when they’re unwell (23% vs. 15%). Women in poor health fared worse, missing 46% of appointments and 32% of tests and treatments.
As the stress builds, women are also three times more likely than men to report mental health challenges, Armstrong says.
Joy Moy is mentally exhausted. A doctor of acupuncture and integrative medicine in New York, her practice shut down for months, while her children learned remotely at home and her husband worked extended shifts.
“I have gained weight and lost sleep,” Moy says. Although she’s fully vaccinated, she has missed a mammogram, a dental checkup and other regular exams.
“There hasn't been adequate time to schedule appointments, and when I'm available, appointment times aren't,” she says. “What if I did miss a lump that would be seen in a mammogram?”
Moy hears similar stories from her female patients who are taking on additional caregiving duties.