Why Women and men Feel Discomfort Differently


The Neuroscience of Pain Why Does Everyone Feel Pain Differently?

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Dr Janet Bultitude explores why we feel pain differently

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Study Finds Men and Women Feel Pain Very Differently

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Do women and men experience pain differently?

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Do Women Really Handle Pain Better Than Men?

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Men vs. Women: Who Handles Pain Better?

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One theory about chronic pain suggests that men and women may experience chronic pain differently because their bodies may “remember” pain differently. For example, a man and a woman could suffer pain from a ruptured disc, and the man could feel the pain leave as the injury heals, but the woman could continue to feel pain even after healing. The reason could be.

Between men and women, not all pain is equal. Scientists have known this for quite some time now; women are far more sensitive to pain than men. They also suffer more from painful conditions, including migraines, arthritis, and fibromyalgia, and their brains even process pain in different regions than men’s. One in five women suffers from migraine headaches, compared to one in 17 men.

Nine times more women than men are affected by fibromyalgia. Of course, sorting out the gender disparities of pain responses doesn’t boil down to women being the weaker sex. Rather, male and female bodies don’t process pain the same way. The men were 27% more likely to report feeling more pain after major operations such as heart and shoulder surgery, while women were more likely to show higher pain readings after relatively minor. This doesn’t mean women are weaker than men or their pain isn’t real, but they feel pain more intensely than men.

Pains specifically associated with women, such as menstrual pain, may predispose. While sex differences alone may not account for the variability of individual pain response, said keynote speaker Karen Berkley, a professor of neuroscience at Florida State University, growing research suggests that men’s and women’s nervous systems process pain information differently and act on it differently. What we do know is that when it comes to pain, men and women are treated differently.One study, for example, found that women in the emergency department who report having acute pain are less. One of the few studies to research gender differences in the experience of pain found that women tend to feel it more of the time and more intensely than men. While the exact reasons for this discrepancy haven’t been pinpointed yet, biology and hormones are suspected to play a role.

Women have more nerve receptors than men, so they may be wired to feel more pain. Even something as seemingly minor as the thickness of your skin or the size of your body can affect pain. Exactly why women feel pain more intensely—and in higher numbers—than men remains a mystery.

It’s not simply that women aren’t as “tough.” Pain is a.

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Sex differences in response to experimentally induced pain also have been linked to different parts of the brain being activated in women and men (Girard-Tremblay et al., 2014; Vincent & Tracey, 2013).

“Psychology of Gender: Fifth Edition” by Vicki S. Helgeson
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by Vicki S. Helgeson
Taylor & Francis, 2016

Men in both groups had a higher threshold and tolerance for pain—as expected, since studies show women to be more sensitive than men to pain, except during the last few weeks of pregnancy—but the difference between male dancers and male nondancers was nearly as large.

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by Atul Gawande
Profile, 2010

As Dalhousie University’s Anita Unruh put it, ‘The question changes from “Why do women and men differ in their experiences of pain?” to “How do women dampen the effect of powerful sex differences in physiological pain mechanisms to achieve only small sex difference in their actual pain experience?”’

“At the Edge of Uncertainty: 11 Discoveries Taking Science by Surprise” by Michael Brooks
from At the Edge of Uncertainty: 11 Discoveries Taking Science by Surprise
by Michael Brooks
Profile, 2014

Women and men appear to experience pain differently as well, and to react differently to pain relief.

“The New Harvard Guide to Women's Health” by Karen J. Carlson, Stephanie A. Eisenstat, Stephanie A. Eisenstat, M.D., Terra Diane Ziporyn, Alvin & Nancy Baird Library Fund, Harvard University. Press
from The New Harvard Guide to Women’s Health
by Karen J. Carlson, Stephanie A. Eisenstat, et. al.
Harvard University Press, 2004

There are also differences between women and men in the way the brain responds to noxious stimuli, which in turn affect experiences of symptoms such as pain.

“Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health” by Roger Detels, Martin Gulliford, Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Chorh Chuan Tan
from Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health
by Roger Detels, Martin Gulliford, et. al.
Oxford University Press, 2017

Gender differences with respect to pain also are influenced by role socialization, cognitive factors, and culture.

“Pathophysiology: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children” by Kathryn L. McCance, RN, PhD, Sue E. Huether, RN, PhD
from Pathophysiology: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children
by Kathryn L. McCance, RN, PhD, Sue E. Huether, RN, PhD
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2014

Females may experience pain differently than men.

“Pain Medicine Board Review” by Marc A. Huntoon
from Pain Medicine Board Review
by Marc A. Huntoon
Oxford University Press, 2017

It’s well known that women feel more physical pain than men, experiencing burns and icy water faster than men do, suffering from chronic pain conditions twice as often as men, and feeling pain more acutely when their internal estrogen is in short supply.”

“The Sexual Paradox: Men, Women and the Real Gender Gap” by Susan Pinker
from The Sexual Paradox: Men, Women and the Real Gender Gap
by Susan Pinker
Scribner, 2008

Several recent studies have suggested that women feel pain differently than men.

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by Lex Williford, Michael Martone
Touchstone, 2007

Females display a greater sensitivity to pain than do males.

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  • Woman can handle pain a lot better then men. Woman have periods ( which can be really painful ), as well as having to go through pregnancy which again can be extremely painful so of course woman handle pain better then men and that’s the truth

  • People say women have higher pain tolerance cuz we have no choice but to endure monthly cramp pain and for married women plus birth pain. While for man, they do not have any biological situation that need them to endure pain every month. My parents, for example my mom give birth for 6 kids have cramps for almost her whole life like all women does while my dad, he only had wisdom teeth remove…..so yeah. I think my mum have more pain tolerance than my dad. But regardless, i am thankfull that my mum have high pain tolerance to gave birth to all 6 of us cuz if not. RIP.

  • Woman can withstand more pain when it is inflicted by another person BECAUSE people take it easier on women. Men arent going to punch women as hard as they do other men, even in sports we take it easy on women.

    Whereas women will go 100% on a man and it probably doesn’t really have an effect on him, most women dont have the strength, ability, coordination to even deliver a proper punch.

  • “Women have a higher pain tolerance because of child birth…”

    Proceeds to scream uncontrollably for hours on end when giving birth, even with a high dosage of drugs…

  • I put a knife through my hand not on purpose and it hurt and I just yelped and fell on the ground and was holding my hand and ran inside to wash I while i was yelling but I don’t think that compares to child birth

  • Yes Yes Yes do an episode on redheads! My entire life I’ve noticed personality traits in my redheaded relatives that THEY all had in common but were so different from the rest of the family…and now I’m wondering if there IS something actually to it? For example,my male adult redheads in my family are all extremely violent. Highly emotional. And sadly they’ve all died early suddden deaths. JUST our 4 redheaded males.

  • Me:men can handle pain better than women
    Me:”Starts kicking myself in my balls over and over to prove it”
    Doctor:yeah your not having kids anytime soon

  • Speaking about redheads. Is it true that there are about the same amount of redheads in the world as the amount of intersexuals in the world? You should take a look into that Trace!

  • So…you didn’t answer the question.

    Like all your gender type videos you sidestep facts and studies. But unlike your speech(opinion) biology is science. Its not just about pain tolerance, but how the body reacts physically and mentally and what chemicals and how much is produced by the brain.

    Men and women are vastly different biologically and thats not talking about reproductive organs or breast.

    If you’re going to claim this as a science channel maybe separate the social politics from the science.

  • Which is the best way to contact you about writing content for your videos? I also definitely think you should do a series on the genetics of red hair/ginger genetic traits and how it affects your body’s functions and where the traits may have come from. I did watch a documentary that was done on the effect of cold on people and the pain from it. So the study had people submerse their own limb in ice water and monitor how long they could keep it submerged and what the pain levels were. It ties in with what you were saying about red haired individuals they were able to keep it in longer and that was not even what was being tested for.

  • Yes I broke my leg and arm so many times that it is not even funny. And I don’t cry or bitch about it. I will wait out 1 or 2, 3 days until I go to the doctor. While some of the girls I know cry from a small amount of a bruise when they fall.

  • One things you should of spoken more about was our body’s natural painkillers and how they can differ between people and affect peoples persecution of pain

  • Men have a higher core body temp overall. That’s why women are always cold and men are always hot. So I’m not sure the cold exposure test really is that accurate.

  • How about we do facts about homosexuality. I feel that while it is becoming more socially acceptable in our society, there’s still so little studies that go into that are actual science based. Helen Fisher did a whole thing on romantic love and finding the part of the brain associated with it. There have been many studies in human sexuality, attraction, love, lust and desire and the brain systems that cause them. Of all these TED talks, studies and documentaries they never talk about homosexuals and how their brain functions when picking a mate, attraction, love, desire and so. I think it’s time we put science to work.

  • i played a game with my guy friend where we smashed each others hands into a wooden table with lines or whatever and while he didn’t say much about the pain he went for less hits than i did while i expressed my pain far better but in the end i did take over 50 smashes into the table and this was as hard as we were capable of so in conclusion maybe guys do take it better and maybe the pain disappears faster but women are programmed to child birth which takes long for most so i think in the length with SOME things women are more capable of handling the pain while in other situations men are more capable.
    but in the end it’s all about the individual…

  • definitely do a series on redheads! i know i’m absolutely more sensitive to pain (low pain threshold). but i also have several chronic pain conditions. chronic pain + low pain threshold = not good at all!

  • Maybe the more pain tolerance women show in the everyday life is because they are just used to pain like Periods, pms, childbirth etc. During an experiment women can stop the pain so they do so before men but if you are on your period you can’t just stop the pain so you get used to it.

  • I once had a hole in my foot. It hurted like heck but i just walked around with that hole and insisting that I’m all right. The same thing happened when I had a large gash on my palm from a nail. And I didn’t cry once

  • I don’t know. I think it could totally be up to an individual and their experience. When I got a tattoo I was talking to the tattoo artist and I asked if women take pain better. He said without a doubt. He was tattooing my upper wrist which can be the more painful as it’s near the palm and before he even started the tattoo he told me he tattooed a guy in that exact spot and he fainted and vomited everywhere.

    Also I dont think a study with only 100 people can really be that accurate to billions of people.

  • Save the cheerleader save the world!

    anyways please do a segment on Redheads! My 2 brothers are ginger but I’m the odd one with brunette hair so I’d love to know more about it.

  • I’m not trying to talk shit about women but back in the primal days, men were out hunting for food and they had a big chance of getting attacked by other animals, (by “attacked” I mean bitten, scratched or killed, not chased) and to survive that attack, the men would have to become more resistant to pain. While women were at home taking care of the children and cooking etc… And back then you needed fire to cook and most animals are afraid of fire so the women and children were more protected than the men out in the wild hunting. (Sorry if there are some grammatical errors, I’m a 14 year old Swede XD)

  • So.. pain is subjective if I practice controlling the reaction I have to pain I would fell less pain because I train my mind to feel less or my body and kill some nerves? or maybe both.

  • The truth is girls can tolerate pain more than guys! I know so many girls ( they happen to be white girls) state that their piercings & tattoos didn’t hurt, even when they’ve had them done in areas of their body where it’s considered most painful ( nipples, tongue, forearm, neck,etc). Also when watching movies, when you see a girl getting stabbed, for example, you can tell they feel less pain then when a guy gets stabbed.

    There’s even been a recent study that states that girls can tolerate pain much more than guys: https://nypost.com/2019/01/11/women-have-a-higher-pain-threshold-than-men-study/

  • You forgot this little thing called, uh, childbirth. You know, that thing that’s so painful that if a hormone didn’t make you euphoric and love your child you would be traumatized and probably not like your kid all that much

  • Maybe this is a stupid question but if there’s a link between emotional and physical pain does that mean that people with congenital insensitivity to pain are able to better handle emotional pain? I mean, they’re not robots so I assume they DO feel emotional pain but is it less extreme for them?

  • It’s said that men’s skin tends to be thicker than women’s. This is given as the reason why men tend to age VISIBLY better than women. Not sure if this transfers to pain tolerance but it might.

  • You guys should totally do a series on redheads. My mother and on her side of the family have a lot of redheads. I lived in Lincoln, NE for 2 years and I think half the people living in that city are redheads. I’ve known some redheads that are more sensitive to the cold, but everyone of them are less sensitive to heat.

  • Me when I see the the title


    (Edit) I really hate that I’m female (sorry for being sexist) like why are we the gender that’s get all the bad things and men have it better I just wish I was born male

  • My answer is yes. We deal with period cramps, some of us deal with giving birth, we deal with pain of our boobs growing, while man go cry because somebody kicked their balls-

  • my husband plays this game of punching his brother in the arm till he taps out and vise versa, and I had my husband who is six 4 over 200 pounds do it to my arm and while it hurt more, I could go longer than my husband and his brother. I could take the pain in terms of length but I felt the punch so much more. I also can handle being punched in the stomach longer and I’m only 5,7 125 pounds. yes men can handle instant pain better but I think while women will shout and feel it more intensely, women can endure it a little longer especially if we had to. I hit my ankle on things and it’s just a numb pain, I’ve been punched in the face and I felt the blow more than the physical pain. in fact I think I feel the pressure of something more than the actual pain. But period pain for me feels like dying after awhile. idk everyone is different. I also enjoy some pain. since I was 10 I would bend my wrist or hand back on a surface and when I lifted my arm the pain felt like a bad cramp after working out for the first time like doing a hounded squats and I loved that pain. I did it for years and usually before sleep and it helped me sleep. I also like that intense burning pain you get from a Charlie horse. feels good to me. muscle pain is so good I love It! But the muscles in my uterus feels like a very uncomfortable pain that I hate. I was also a cutter and didn’t mind that pain so idk about me lol. I’m African American with European ancestry, a lot of redheads in my bloodline, but I don’t think race has anything to do with it either. who knows.

  • Growing up in the 90s we where always taught this. That woman can actually withstand more psychical pain then men and men can with stand more emotional and mental pain then women

  • Idk, women have more sensitive skin and are physically weaker in a variety of ways. It’s likely (to me at least) that men and women have the same pain threshold but women’s physical and most likely mental vulnerabilities makes pain more painful so the threshold is met quicker.
    I think there’s a difference between having a low threshold for pain and experiencing pain more intensely via more avenues. Sure you could assert it was a culture thing where women are sensitive as a result of being spoilt in a variety of ways, but if it occurs cross culturally with women; it’s more likely a biological phenomena than a cultural one.

  • I have an insanely high pain tolerance, it’s dangerous actually, because my hands, wrists and arms are covered in scars from burning myself regularly. I have some fingers with severely damaged fingerprints from so many burns. Tons of scars from shaving as well. However, I’m extremely emotional

  • We all have are own tolerance for pain but in my opinion I would say women cause we go through, depression,periods,pregnancy,child birth, all that stuff and we still stand up high.

  • Its incorrect women can take more They have more teostrigon. ��
    And for the birth we get prepared for it.but that dosent Mean its not the most painfullt Thing you can go through.
    Theres different types of pain.
    I personally dont think lego Hurt.
    But I think My menstruation does.
    And I think Theres a lot of men Who thinks a kick in the nuts hurts but some also get pleasure from it.
    Different from person to person.
    But women can take more pain.
    Since their designed for it.
    But im Not saying thats for every body
    But the average women can take more than the average man.

  • Obviously man are better at fighting or aggressive behavior and obviously pain this doesnt mean men are superior i dont believe or even care about the superior sex lol, but its evolution that shaped the male body to substain more pain and size even if it takes years off your life. Which men do live less due to testosterone it makes us stronger but ultimately takes years off your life. A huge sacrifice

  • You know what. I have the answer. Pain is a protective mechanism, it protects you from potentially harm like the time you put your hands on the stove. Being a woman, to bear children the woman body is wired to have a more robust protective mechanism from pain meaning more acute pain receptors. So the answer is man have a higher tolerance for pain, sorry woman.

  • Balance is key. Mental, physical, emotional, & spiritual. This helps with pain, but thats all just coping strategies. If your in pain, then your in pain. You can feel better or worse about it, but that is about all. God bless you if your in pain, and hope it clears out soon.

  • Sounds like majority data pointed towards men being “tougher” but you were too bitchmade to imply it. That’s fine. At least you’ll get good at dancing around, maybe you should go into politics.

  • Not because im a woman, but because of the shit I’ve been through,
    And how people legitimately think im a guy so i experience toxic masculinity too

    Theres no escape and it sucks

  • Theory time: Pain would be important as a means of relating to others. Without the ability to feel pain, a person could potentially not be cognisant of pain they are inflicting, physical or emotional. Pain helps us create a sense of empathy. I feel like this is probably worth looking into….
    ……in your immortal words: MORE RESEARCH IS NEEDED!!!!!!!:]

    As a redhead, I’ve noticed that I’ll respond to pain in vastly different ways. I’m a chef/nursing student, and I am a complete baby when it comes to burns of any kind and tooth/mouth pain. However I can take a bruise, break or cut with high pain tolerance. With drugs it’s totally true for redheads, I am very susceptible to Codeine, but somehow I am almost totally unaffected by Novocaine. It usually takes 3X the amount to numb my mouth for any dental procedure.

    ……. do the redheads………

  • I am woman but can’t bear the pain of even little needle. I was injected once but it makes me cry like I lost my breath. The pain on needle area did not wipe out even after a month. I do not what kind of people make this assumptions. It’s not women or men or age or race that make people more sensitive. It is completely individual nothing to do with age, race or gender. Many women are so big boned and violent, they can even beat up weaker men.

  • Woman tend to be injured considerably less often then men, and therefore have no built up tolerance to it. Men can fight a grizzly bear while his family runs and ignore the pain. Woman can’t even walk around in high heels for 4 hours.
    Childbirth is unfortunately a bad example of measuring pain tolerance, a womans body is flooded with a cocktail of hormones to reduce the pain.

  • And I don’t understand why all of this is controversial I mean its truth and facts biology and science anything to do with us men being better then women these days is controversial lol

  • It’s odd that you can have a fetish for glasses but not t&a. It must be a symptom of social perspective and the objectivizing of women. If you look at women as objects made of parts, you can have a foot fetish, but by definition it has to be inanimate. What if a woman is inanimate in bed? Is it okay to objectify her and thus make it a fetish again? Same goes vice versa but I don’t know too many men that have been referred to a a cold fish.

  • In other words, Men are just designed to be a perfect expendable. We’re tough as hell; we’re strong, mind, body and soul. We’re smart enough; aware enough to get the job done. A perfect warrior. Still doesn’t mean Men are better than Women. This is just what we are designed by creation to do. It’s simple and straightforward. No confusion; just direct.

  • That argument oh women give birth so they handle pain better is irrelevant because it’s a natural thing mew statistics came out that shows us men just getting tapped in the balls hurts worse then labor and women give birth and they bitch to their kids until the kids move out us men get hurt we suck up the pain and move on

  • Hehehehe Your misguided women There is a reason why men can’t give birth. If you want to hear how tough men are let them experience child birth and I guarantee you as a man you will hear the screams from around the world. Men can’t in no experience the pain a woman endures giving birth.

  • I’m a 32 year old man with arthritis in my back bad knees bad feet and bad hands and yes I take Aleve and use pain relieving patches and pain relieving cream and I’m a man I toughen through my chronic pain women don’t women who have arthritis lay around crying about the chronic pain

  • What women dont get Is youre not tougher and can handle more pain if you are screaming and crying girls experience more pain bu 2x! So a pinch feels more painful than one for guys but when you are barely handling it it means you passed your pain tolerance

  • There are white knights in the scientific community, too. Makes it hard to find the truth, sometimes. Maybe that is why researchers sometimes find that women have more stamina and muscle endurance than men, but other studies seem to show that women have 70-75 percent of a man’s aerobic capacity, 10 percent less oxygen-carrying hemoglobin in the blood (for less muscular endurance), and typically 50-60 percent of a man’s upper body strength.
    However, the study that found that women have more stamina and muscle endurance than men was done by the UBC, in Canada. Thus, not too surprising that they found the Canadian women have more stamina and endurance than the Canadian men. Canadian women, as a general rule, also have more testosterone than the men.

  • Gotta say:

    That redhead episode sounds super interesting.

    Or maybe differences overall, depending on where you are from?

    Like how in some parts of the world pretty much everyone is lactose intolerant or how countries where the food culture revolves around wheat and high-carb food, their bodies process that type of food more effectively.

    I mean, my origins are from Estonia and nobody even knows what ”lactose intolerant” is. Even tho in Finland it’s really common.

  • As a women I would love being a wife wife in the 50s I mean all you had to do is stay home and cook I could sleep all day ❤_❤sounds like a dream

  • If you think you have higher pain tolerance because u give birth u r delusional. Like if a baby broke its leg and i have never broke a bone at 15 would that make the babys pain threshold is higher than mine?

  • I want a red-head show! I was born with red hair (Which it really looks orange and not red, or at least not the burgundy red that girls’ dye their hair) I have always been very sensitive to pain pills. I like to think I have a high pain tolerance, but I have always thought pain is subjective and in your head. The Origin of the Soul Stealer!!! I would love to know exactly how that myth came about and it can even be the name of the episode!! ��

  • even we men do experience a pain like labor pain when we have testicular torsion, women can handle diseases better than men as they have better immunity men can handle pain better as nature had giving us the fighting role even in mating time the male which won the fight with lot of injuries could only mate the female, so it is obvious.

  • Men have far more testosterone which means they can be stronger.
    And they handle pain better then women.
    This is why Women don’t belong in the army.

  • i’m a guy but I really don’t like this argument what ever it is to empower women or to make guys feel tough it shouldn’t matter to use that much because when I though that women had a stronger pain tolerance then men it made me feel failed a little bit like their was nothing I couldn’t do to change what I was just does it matter

  • Any suggestion that men are better than women at anything is sexist. How dare you! I am 100% sure that women have a higher pain threshold for pain and men are all lying. That isn’t sexist.