pain

Health

When Women Are Denied Pain Relief During Invasive Procedures

In the UK, hysteroscopies—a procedure by which doctors examine the inside of the uterus—are routinely performed without any form of pain relief. For some women, the experience can be unbearably painful, and traumatizing.
Jessica Furseth
1.16.19
Health

How Doctors Gaslight Women into Doubting Their Own Pain

Maya Dusenbery’s book, "Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick," explains how women’s health issues have historically been dismissed—and what we can do about it now.
Suzannah Weiss
3.6.18
Sex

The Weirdest Physical Reactions People Have After Sex

Sneezing, crying, foot pain, and even flu-like symptoms have all been studied as peri-orgasmic responses to sex.
Kimberly Lawson
5.16.17
love is a hoax

Why Does Love Hurt So Much?

In poetry & literature, love has long been associated with pain, agony & torment, but is it possible to love someone so much it hurts? We asked a social psychologist.
Kimberly Lawson
2.14.17
Culture

Your Pain Is Not Real: How Doctors Discriminate Against Women

Because of sexist myths about health and pain, women have more difficulty getting proper diagnoses and treatment for serious conditions.
Emalie Marthe
2.12.17
Health

Friendship Is More Powerful than Morphine, New Study Finds

New research from Oxford University suggests that people with more friends feel less pain.
Diana Tourjée
5.2.16
Health

Female Pain: Living with an Illness That No One Believes In

For women with fibromyalgia, their pain is very real—even though many doctors believe the disease isn't.
Gabby Bess
9.15.15