Women and Pain: 10 Ways It Really Is Different

You're more likely to have chronic pain but you can handle it better than men, research shows (11 Photos)

Stacey Colino on May 11, 2012 at 4:54PM

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Women and Pain: 10 Ways It Really Is Different

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You're More Likely to Have Chronic Pain

“The prevalence of chronic pain disorders is substantially higher for women than for men,” says Russell Portenoy, M.D., chairman of the department of pain medicine and palliative care at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Part of the reason may be that women are more likely to fess up to pain than men and seek help for it, but experts believe that chronic pain is simply more common in women than men. Exactly what is different about the bodies and brains of women that makes us more susceptible to pain is a hot scientific topic.

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