Pain and gender

Pain is something many Australians deal with, some on a daily basis. We set out to understand gender differences in experiencing pain and the treatment of pain by doctors.

What did we ask?


Through a combination of quantitative (traditional survey) and qualitative (Conversational AI chatbot) research, this edition of Private Thoughts explores:
  • Pain events experienced in the last 6 months
  • What, if any, medical intervention was taken
  • The impact of the pain on their life
  • Experience and satisfaction with last doctor’s visit related to their pain
  • In-depth conversation about interactions with doctor

The data for this report was collected in December 2023 via our sample partner, PureProfile. The survey was a 4-5 minute national online survey of 602 males and females aged 18+.

What did we find out?

Key findings

This research revealed that while women experience pain in different categories and at different levels than men, their experiences with doctors do not differ significantly from men. On the whole, women reported feeling equally heard, considered and treated when presenting either female-specific issues or any other type of pain.

What did people disclose to EVE, our Conversational AI chatbot, about their experiences with pain?

Help and Resources

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving women’s health across Australia through every life stage.

Jean Hailes pride themselves on producing practical and easy-to-understand information for women and for health professionals. They do this by translating research and medical evidence, delivered in many ways to suit their diverse audiences.