It’s a sad reality that women and gender-diverse people are more likely to be dismissed as overly emotional, dramatic, or untrustworthy in medical settings. This can have serious consequences like misdiagnosis, delays in care, dismissal of patients’ concerns, and mistreatment. So how can we navigate a health system with such ingrained biases?  

In today’s episode of the Your Health Unlocked Podcast, Tori Ford, founder and executive director of Medical Herstory, speaks with us about her mission to improve medical education, promote patient advocacy, and eliminate stigma in order to advance gender health equity. 

In this episode, you’ll learn: 

  • Common challenges women and gender-diverse people face when accessing health care 
  • Practical tips to help advocate for yourself when navigating health, wellness, and medical care 
  • How health practitioners can become more aware of the gender biases they hold to improve medical interactions with patients 
  • How Medical Herstory is challenging the social processes in health care that label and stereotype women, genderqueer, BIPOC, and disabled people. 

More about Tori: 

Tori Ford is the founder of Medical Herstory, an award-winning, youth-led, international nonprofit working to eliminate sexism, shame, and stigma from health care through storytelling, medical education and patient advocacy. It is a global movement with over 100 volunteers across 7 different countries, working to advance health equity by creating a space where lived experiences can be shared. 

Tori has a background in gender studies and is currently pursuing a PhD in Primary Healthcare at the University of Oxford, where she focuses on women’s health research with an emphasis on gender health inequities.  

Medical Herstory was born out of Tori’s lived experiences of feeling dismissed by different healthcare providers. Tori is passionate about sharing issues that people are dealing with in medical settings to prevent unnecessary pain and suffering in silence.  

Resources for Episode 003: Self-Advocacy Tips and Stigma Busting with Medical Herstory 

Medical Herstory workshops on gender health experiences, patient-centered care and challenging shame and stigma found here: 

Terms Mentioned:

A vulva dermatologist refers to a medical practitioner who specializes in the care of skin disorders of the vulva. 

Ableism refers to discrimination in favor of able-bodied people. 

Transphobia refers to the negative attitudes, feelings or actions towards transgender people or transness in general.  

Indigenous health refers to the physical, cultural, social, and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. 

Non-binary identities refers to gender identities that are not solely male or female‍. 


The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and entertain. All views expressed by the persons featured on the Your Health Unlocked podcast are their own and do not reflect the opinions of the NWHN or its affiliates. Information provided in this podcast does not constitute medical advice. Consult your own provider for any medical issues that you may be experiencing.

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