Posted by Ros Connors

Charity reveals more than half of women are ignored when reporting their pain

A new report of over 5,000 adults in the UK has revealed that more than half (56%) of women feel that their pain has been ignored and dismissed. Of those that felt their pain was ignored or dismissed, 50% said their GP and 27% said other healthcare professionals ignored or dismissed their pain. 84% more women than men said their pain was not taken seriously at the time.

The report also found that nearly two-thirds (63%) of women feel discriminated against because of their gender, when it comes to how seriously healthcare professionals take men’s pain over women’s pain. Nearly half (48%) of all adults (including men) also believe there is a ‘gap’ in the identification and treatment of pain between each gender.

To shine a light on these issues, the report, titled the  ‘Gender Pain Gap report’ by Nurofen, has been launched to reveal the true extent of the gender pain gap that millions of women are facing in the UK each day.

Ros spoke to Janet Lindsay, CEO of Wellbeing of Women.

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