Whether it's the result of a chronic health condition, menstruation or reproductive health complications, chronic pain can impact our quality of life. Medical care for these problems usually requires an accurate diagnosis, which relies on persistence and self-advocacy. Having to bring these qualities to every doctor's visit can be as frustrating as the pain itself. In other words, if you're dealing with chronic pain, you need to be okay with being a chronic pain at your doctor's office, or else be prepared to find a doctor who will take you seriously.

Chronic pain in women is common

It's estimated 1 in 3 women in the United States suffers from chronic pain, a higher proportion than in men.

This is because women are more prone to complications and conditions responsible for recurrent and chronic pain, commonly, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and the many forms of arthritis. Unfortunately, once the diagnosis is made, your doctor can develop