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Sexuality in Conversation

What We're Still Ignoring About the Female Experience

When Abby Norman was a sophomore studying dance at Sarah Lawrence College, she repeatedly ended up in the emergency room with severe pelvic pain. Each time, the doctors proposed the same explanations: a UTI, STIs, pregnancy (despite the fact that she’d never had sex), anxiety. As a 19-year-old, she didn’t think it was her place to question them. Yet she grew so ill, she couldn’t go to class. With little help from doctors and no parents to turn to—she’d been emancipated at age 16—she dropped out of school and went home to Maine, where she floated between friends’ couches, growing sicker and sicker.

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