Thursday, April 25, 2013

Women Tolerate Pain Better than Men

 
HealthScoutNews — She gets a tooth pulled, then drives herself home, makes dinner for four, does the laundry and helps the kids with their homework. 

He gets a tooth pulled and his universe slams to a halt, as he waits for the pain to go away.

Caricatures? Sure. But the debate over who can really stand more pain has been one of the more interesting battles of the sexes, spanning generations. 

Now, however, new research is bringing that battle into a whole new arena, with strong evidence that the traditionally “weaker” sex may be hardier after all. 

“I think men have always secretly suspected that in order to go through childbirth a woman has to be pretty tough. Now we have some new science to back up the idea that women may be better able to cope with pain than men — at least during certain periods of their life,” says Dr. James N. Dillard, author of the The Chronic Pain Solution and an assistant clinical professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. 

The secret weapon? Estrogen. Produced by the ovaries in peak amounts during the reproductive years, and in lesser amounts later in life, the hormone’s influence may extend far beyond a woman’s reproductive tract. Its powers may reach straight to the pain centers of the brain.

For the rest of the story: http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/6005/women_tolerate_pain_better_than_men/

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