Pain: Why Do Women Suffer More Than Men?

It is now widely recognized that the female gender suffers more than the male. Many experts are trying to understand these differences to develop solutions.

Arise, it is decided / Let me take your place / I’ll take your pain … Camille hummed in his song titled Your Pain (1). Words that affect us, just as they sound. “Tell me that fout science” protested the young artist.

A she was heard? Anyway, 2007 was declared “International Year against Pain in Women” by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) (2). Everything indicates that there is no gender face of suffering. A woman has trouble faster and more intensely than men, regardless of the painful area. “In experiments where the pain is triggered, it is found to occur faster in women, and that it tolerates the worst,” says Dr. Alain Serrie (3), President of the French Society study and treatment of pain (SFETD).

Women suffer more so than men, both in frequency, duration and intensity. Two European studies (4), 1989 and 2004 show that pain is “registered” in their daily lives. Many scholars attempt to explain these differences. All responses have not been scientifically validated, but many assumptions are being considered to improve the management of pain.
A long-time attendance

The experience of pain begins in adolescence. IASP points out that 20% of schoolgirls reported missing school because of harsh rules, and that they concern 90% of women (5). Over time, these become more sensitive to all other forms of pain (migraine rules more toothache, etc..).

Eric Boccard, director of the Institute Upsa of pain, says: “Spurred by the evils of the regular cycle, the female nervous system may be more receptive to pain. “We know that repetition of chronic pain, that is to say persisted beyond three months, causing a state of psychological suffering that is the bedrock of physical pain. It is therefore a vicious circle.
The role of emotions

Eric Boccard emphasizes that both sexes experience different feelings: “The brain does not process the same way as the information that you are a man or a woman. Although the circuit is identical, but the emotions (fear, anxiety, stress) interfere more in women. “Besides, medical imaging shows that, in case of pain, emotional area of ​​the brain is activated differently by gender.

The many observed inequalities in the social also act as a cofactor. “Low income, the break-up situations, job insecurity or loneliness are all contexts in which also the onset of chronic pain,” says Alain Serrie. Women and, more particularly concerned, more psychosomatic.

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