Men and women can’t feel each other’s pain because we have different biological pathways for chronic pain, which means pain-relieving drugs that work for one gender might fail in the other half of the population. So why don’t we have pain medicines designed just for men or women? A new study says it is because no one has looked for them. Drug development begins with studies on rats and mice, and until three years ago, almost all that research used only male animals. As a result, women in particular may be left with unnecessary pain.
I rarely take painkillers cos in pain most of time and they don't work for chronic conditions..
but must admit aspirin or co-codamol was reasonably successful so not sure where the evidence for analgesics not working for women comes from.
I do wonder if medicine for women has been underfunded or badly thought through...
Look at early contraceptive devices - coils that could migrate into the body by perforating the womb.
Nowadays they say don't get any talc near your nether regions but years ago used to say dust the contraceptive cap with talc - how many women did that kill or maim eh?
Doctors used to dissect bodies and then attend to women in childbirth without washing their hands and a gp who realised why maybe 30% of women were dying this way was thrown into an asylum for speaking up against the establishment while witches/ midwives/ wise women were burnt at the stake or later put to death in other ways.