Women Not Getting Proper Pain Relief

by Rajashri on Aug 25 2008 3:11 PM

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 male counterparts.

"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.