Contrary to popular perception, women do not have a high
pain threshold and are hence not getting proper treatment for their pain.
Reporting at a conference for the International
Association for the Study of Pain, researchers said that women experience
recurrent pain that has different symptoms than the pain experienced by their
"Chronic pain affects a higher proportion of women
than men, but unfortunately they are also less likely to receive treatment
compared to men due to various cultural, economic and political barriers,"
said Dr Troels Jensen, the IASP president. "IASP hopes to provide a voice
to these women by drawing attention to this global issue as a first step
towards reducing pain and suffering of women around the world."
The researchers said
these findings could be used to ensure women get proper treatment and to
prevent thousands of sick days each year.