Why do more women develop fibromyalgia than men?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)
Researchers don't know why fibromyalgia affects women more often than men. According to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), seven times as many women as men are diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Experts do believe that there may be a genetic component and that the condition can sometimes run in families.
Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Women account for the vast majority of fibromyalgia cases, but no one is certain why because the exact cause of fibromyalgia is still unknown. Some researchers believe that many more men have fibromyalgia than are diagnosed. They believe that some men suffer the symptoms of fibromyalgia but do not seek medical care.

Also, women may have more symptoms of fibromyalgia than men, such as pelvic pain, painful periods or painful intercourse.

It is important to understand that significant progress is being made in the diagnosis and treatment of fibromyalgia. Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns about this condition.

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