A poll of 5,100 adults found 56 per cent of women feel the pain they experience is ignored or dismissed, with 50 per cent of those feeling this way when seeking support from a GP.
While 27 per cent have felt the same when opening up to other healthcare professionals.
But 26 per cent felt their partners or significant other has been dismissive of their discomfort, with 21 per cent saying the same about friends.
Of those who felt their pain was ignored or dismissed, 24 per cent of women compared to 17 per cent of men said, generally, no one took their pain seriously.
In fact, nearly half (48 per cent) of all adults surveyed believe there is a ‘gap’ in the identification and treatment of pain between each gender.
The research was commissioned by Nurofen, which has launched its ‘Gender Pain Gap Index Report’ from the findings.
Of the adults surveyed who think the gender pain gap exists, 63 per cent of women and only 39 per cent of men believe women are not always taken as seriously because they’re viewed as ‘emotional’.
Dr Elinor Cleghorn PhD, feminist cultural historian and author of Unwell Women, who advised on the report, said: “Gender bias in medical knowledge, research and practice is deeply ingrained.
“Today, we are facing up to the consequences of centuries-long discriminatory misbeliefs about women’s pain.
“The misunderstanding, minimization and misdiagnosis of women’s pain-causing health conditions is compounded by the pervasive influence of gender norms and stereotypes that are not only medical, but social and cultural.
“It is clear from the research that there is a gender pain gap when it comes to the experience of women’s pain. We need to take action to tackle this long-standing issue.”
The study also found that when experiencing pain, 74 per cent of women regularly choose self-care over seeing a healthcare

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