Women and Pain Research Review: Positive Steps for Clinicians and Patients

A review of research related to women and pain conducted by the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®) reports that women often suffer unnecessarily from conditions ranging from backaches to pain after cancer surgery, and may resort to pain medications that may be ineffective or possibly harmful. The findings, published as the Women’s Pain Update, are intended to raise awareness of different pain management options and provide guidance in therapy selection.

The results collected from the ASA literature review discuss a range of alternate therapies for pain and also highlight some of the ways in which men and women differ in their experience of pain. Among the findings are the value of combined nerve block and regional anesthesia for managing postsurgical pain from breast cancer; the use of rose oil for menstrual pain; that women report more postsurgical pain than men; the value of yoga for back pain relief; the dangers of opioid medications during pregnancy; and the differing responses of men and women to fibromyalgia pain.

Read more about the findings, with link to the report, here.


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