Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Reader 1

Piya Chatterjee

Reader 2

Vanessa Tyson

Rights Information

2024 Kira AS Yonelinas


This paper delves into the systematic dismissal of people’s pain in the medical field, particularly in the branch of gynecology and birth control. Through personal narrative and review of scientific literature the author examines how healthcare in the United States has historically undermined the pain experienced by women, especially those of color. Drawing attention to the intersection of gender, race, and pain management, this thesis argues that the foundations of gynecology are rooted in the exploitation and erasure of marginalized bodies, perpetuating a cycle of pain dismissal. Ultimately, this paper aims to shed light on the pervasive nature of pain dismissal in gynecology and the exemplary procedure of the Intrauterine Device insertion. By the author sharing their own experiences and insights they seek to empower patients to advocate for themselves and demand better treatment from healthcare providers.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.