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When It Comes To Pain, Women Suffer More Than Men12:31

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We all feel pain sometimes; we just might not all feel it in the same way.

Studies show that women and men often experience pain differently. Women are more likely than men to suffer from pain and painful conditions such as migraine headaches, irritable bowel syndrome and all forms of chronic pain. Women are also more likely to have more pain after surgery.

Researchers are just now beginning to understand what role genetics and hormones play in these differences and whether the medical community needs to address gender differences when diagnosing and treating pain in patients.


  • Judy Foreman, health writer
  • Dr. Daniel Carr, professor of pain research, Tufts Medical Center
  • Dr. Ann Louise Oaklander, associate professor of neurology, Harvard Medical School


This program aired on September 28, 2010.

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