An interview leading off a special edition: Yale Scientific Magazine‘s Women’s Issue. Dr. Nina Stachenfeld’s interview addresses the importance of including women, and females in general in research.
“Physiologists who do these kinds of studies control for [fickle factors] all the time, and they’re not easy to control for, but we do it,” asserted Stachenfeld. Scientists are already precisely regulating factors like environmental temperature, so including women in research may only require additional preliminary surveys regarding menstrual cycle timing, contraceptives, and pregnancy possibility. Ultimately, hormonal regulation in females is a minute inconvenience when compared to the necessity of including women in research.