Skip to Main Content
Contribute Try STAT+ Today

Thirty weeks into my first pregnancy, I developed some concerning abdominal pain. The clinicians in labor and delivery triage examined me — they took a urine sample, measured my blood pressure, and made sure I wasn’t having contractions before sending me home. Unfortunately I was still in pain, and the pain slowly progressed.

A few days later, I received a call from the OB-GYN supervising the triage clinic to notify me that my urine had been cultured and grown some bacteria. The doctor asked me whether I had any symptoms of a urinary tract infection. I told her that I didn’t, but that I still felt unusual discomfort and tightness in my belly. “Well,” she replied, “I’m not inclined to treat you.”

Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free!

GET STARTED

What is it?

STAT+ is STAT's premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond.

What's included?

  • Daily reporting and analysis
  • The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters
  • Subscriber-only newsletters
  • Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day
  • STAT+ Conversations
  • Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations
  • Exclusive industry events
  • Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country
  • The best reporters in the industry
  • The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry
  • And much more
  • Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr.