Women & Pain

Unfortunately, women are taken less seriously more often than men when it comes to pain - Dr. Jennifer Wider

Women & Pain
Women & Pain

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Medicine’s Failure With Women in Pain

I became an unwell woman 10 years ago. In October 2010, the cause of the strange pains that had hounded me for years was finally uncovered, and I received a diagnosis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), a chronic autoimmune disease that is the most common form of lupus. Ninety percent of the estimated 3.5 million people who have it are women. Like many other autoimmune and chronic diseases that disproportionately affect women—including multiple sclerosis, Graves’ disease, myasthenia gravis, rheumatoid arthritis and endometriosis—SLE is incurable, and its cause is not fully understood.

In the years since my diagnosis, as I learned to live with my mysterious, unpredictable disease,…

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  Pain bias: The health inequality rarely discussed

When they’re in pain, women wait longer in emergency departments and are less likely to be given effective painkillers than men.

 Medicine’s Failure With Women in Pain

Women have faced centuries of doubt and discrimination over their ailments, from ancient Greece to modern diagnoses of ‘hysteria’.

 When Women's Pain Isn't Taken Seriously

In the UK, hysteroscopies—a procedure by which doctors examine the inside of the uterus—are routinely performed without any form of pain relief. But for some women, the experience can be unbearably painful.

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