Dr. Marlena Fejzo, geneticist and HER’s Research Advisor and member of the Board of Directors, was featured in the Inverse article, “When morning sickness kills: doctors have dismissed hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) for decades, but new research could undo this harmful legacy.”
HER research is finding answers to the genetics of HG and debunking the myth that HG is in her head.
Dr. Fejzo in Inverse: “[Hyperemesis gravidarum] continues to be dismissed as psychological, which can lead to poor patient-provider relationships and undertreatment. The problem stems from not knowing the real cause of the condition. The stigma of the ‘hysterical’ pregnant woman persists and perpetuates this misogynistic theory.”
“When people don’t understand the cause of something, it’s a fairly standard assumption to simply not believe it. Just because a psychological component to [hyperemesis gravidarum] has been repeated in the medical literature over and over since Freudian theories to the etiology were introduced, does not make it a fact.”
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