New Publication Helps Women Understand Pain Released in Observance of Pain Awareness Month

To help women understand the importance of pain and pain management the National Women's Health Resource Center is releasing Pain: What Women Should Know during September, 2003, Pain Awareness Month. Pain Awareness Month is observed across the country and is sponsored by Partners for Understanding Pain, a consortium of more than 65 professional and consumer organizations that have an interest in pain including the NWHRC.

"Women with pain are likely to be undertreated according to a growing body of scientific literature saying that," said Amy Niles, President of the NWHRC. "That is true even though women are more likely to suffer from many common acute and chronic pain conditions including migraine and tension-type headaches, facial pain, and abdominal pain. Pain keeps them away from their jobs, hurts their families and their community."

Conditions that cause chronic pain are more common in women than in men. Pain: What Women Should Know discusses the most common causes of chronic pain. It presents medical and lifestyle approaches to dealing with chronic pain. It also suggests topics that women with chronic pain should raise with their health care providers.

Women interested in learning more about pain and pain management should visit the NWHRC Web site, The site's Health Center has in-depth information on more than 100 topics in women's health including pain management, pelvic pain, migraine, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and menstrual disorders.

The National Women's Health Resource Center is the nation's leading independent, nonprofit organization specifically dedicated to educating women of all ages about health and wellness issues. Its Web site,, is a one-stop shop for women's health.

For a free copy of Pain: What Women Should Know, call 877-986-9472 or visit

(Jesse Costa/WBUR)

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