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 — and that people in other demographics won't have to worry as much about. From mental health to autoimmune disorders, here are seven conditions that affect young women in distinct, unexpected, and seldom talked about ways. If you're past puberty, it's worth getting educated about how these illnesses work.