"As a woman, I have no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world."
—Virginia Woolf

Women In Pain Resources

Articles, Reports and Other Resources

International Association for the Study of Pain
Global Year Against Pain in Women: “Real Women, Real Pain” Campaign
October 2007

PainNewsNetwork.com
“Why Women Feel Chronic Pain More Than Men”
March 2017

MotherNatureNetwork.com
Why Do Doctors Take Women’s Pain Less Seriously?
October 2015

Migraine.com
Men and women experience migraine differently
July 2015

MedicalNewsToday.com
Gender difference in pain transmission, reports new study
June 2015

Newswire.com
Research Finds Males and Females Process Chronic Pain Differently
June 2015

More Magazine
When the Pain Just Won’t Stop
May 2015

RhRealityCheck.com
Chronic Pain Is Overwhelmingly Experienced by Women; So Why Do They Have Trouble Getting Care for It?
February 2015

National Pain Report
Women In Pain Survey Results
September 2014

National Pain Report
National Pain Report Readers’ Survey of Women in Pain Attracts Robust Response
September 2014

National Pain Report
Your Pain is Your Fault: What Women Are Told by Their Doctors
September 2014

National Pain Report
Childhood Trauma and Adult Pain: Is There a Connection?”
September 2014

Health.com
How Women’s Pain Differs from Men’s
August 2014

The Boston Globe
I Don’t Feel Your Pain
June 2014

The Wall Street Journal
“Escape from the Chronic Pain Trap”
February 2014

iVillage.com
Women and Pain: 10 Ways It Really Is Different
April 2013

SpinalStenosis.org
Men vs. Women on Pain: Do Women Really Suffer More?”
December 2012

The Lund Report
Medical and Psychological Risks and Consequences of Long-Term Opioid Therapy in Women
August 2012

The Journal of Pain
“Women report feeling pain more intensely than men, says study of electronic records”
January 2012

Scientific American
“Women Feel Pain More Intensely Than Men Do”
January 2012

Medical News Today
Dissimilar Interaction Of Opioid Receptors May Explain Why Men And Women Experience Pain Differently
August 2011

WebMD.com
Women’s Chronic Pain More Intense
August 2010

Paintopics.org
“John Henryism” & Pain-Relief Deficits in Women”
August 2010

Newswise.com
“Men and Women Differ in Pain Drug Abuse Risks”
April 2010

Docstoc.com
“Women and Pain: An Overview”
February 2010

BMC Medicine
“Sex differences in rheumatoid arthritis: More than meets the eye”
March 2009

Reuters
“More U.S. women getting rheumatoid arthritis: study”
October 2008

Yahoo!/Healthy Day News
“Women benefit more than men from chronic pain treatments”
October 2008

The Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
“Sex bias seen in control of cancer pain”
August 2008

“Women, Men and Ouch! the Painful Truth”
O, The Oprah Magazine, April 2008

“Gender Bias May Affect Care of People with Osteoarthritis”
University of Toronto, March 2008

“The best new pain cures, with a focus on women”
CNN.com, June 2007

“Not Feeling Each Other’s Pain” (.pdf)
Washington Post, December 2006

Ethical Perspectives on Pain and Suffering (.pdf)
Betty Ferrell, PhD, FAAN

A Review of Clinical Research of Pain Management in Women (.pdf)
Witney G. McKiernan, RN
University of California, San Francisco

Extra Nerve Fibers May Heighten Female Pain Perception
MedPage Today, October 2005

Women and Men Perceive Pain Differently (.pdf)
Society for Women’s Health Research, August 2005

Pain May Be in the Brain, But It’s Still Real
ABC News, May 2005

Painkillers Designed Especially For You?
ABC News, May 2005

Black women with chronic pain suffer more physical and psychological distress
University of Michigan Health System, October 2005

Hurting More, Helped Less?
New York Times, June 23, 2002

The Girl Who Cried Pain: A Bias Against Women in the Treatment of Pain
By Diane E. Hoffmann and Anita J. Tarzian
Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, June 2001