View Full Version : Women feel more pain than men!

07-05-2005, 08:28 AM
Tuesday, 05 July , 2005, 18:07

Washington: A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Bath suggests that women feel pain more than men.

The team led by Dr Ed Keogh asked volunteers to place their non-dominant arm in a warm water bath (37 degrees centigrade) for two minutes before transferring the hand into an ice water bath maintained at a temperature of 1-2 degrees centigrade.

The cold pressor tank allows researchers to monitor the pain threshold (the point at which volunteers first notice the pain) and pain tolerance (the point at which volunteers can no longer stand the pain). An upper time limit of two minutes is used in these kinds of studies.

They found that not only do women report more pain throughout the course of their lifetime, they also experience it in more bodily areas, more often and for longer duration when compared to men.

"Until fairly recently it was controversial to suggest that there were any differences between males and females in the perception and experience of pain, but that is no longer the case," Keogh said.

"Research is telling us that women experience a greater number of pain episodes across their lifespan than men, in more bodily areas and with greater frequency. Our research has shown that whilst the sensory-focused strategies used by men helped increase their pain threshold and tolerance of pain, it was unlikely to have any benefit for women," he added.

"Women who concentrate on the emotional aspects of their pain may actually experience more pain as a result, possibly because the emotions associated with pain are negative."


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07-05-2005, 08:30 AM
Women are the real wimps

By Stephen Hull, Metro
5 July 2005

Men are supposed to be wimps who won't suffer in silence and take to their beds at the first sign of illness.

They could never, or so women tell them, deal with giving birth.

Not so, say researchers, who claim men actually cope with pain better than women because they do not get so emotional about it.

Men take a practical approach to pain, seeking solutions to the discomfort they are in and thinking about how they can alleviate it.

Women, on the other hand, focus directly on the pain and how it is making them feel, meaning they feel it more acutely, for longer periods and in more parts of their body.

Researchers at Bath University asked volunteers to place their arms in warm water before plunging them into a container of ice-cold water.

Women not only noticed the pain sooner but also were unable to put up with it for as long as the male volunteers.

Dr Ed Keogh, a psychologist from the university's Pain Management Unit, said genetic and hormonal differences are only part of the reason men and women react differently to pain. Social and psychological factors are also significant.

Dr Keogh says the research will help scientists come up with new ways to treat pain more effectively in the different genders.

'Until fairly recently it was controversial to suggest there were any differences between males and females in the perception and experience of pain but that is no longer the case,' he added.

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Cueless Joey
07-05-2005, 08:36 AM
No wonder we die younger.
Stupid us put up with pain.
Hell, Mike Ditka had a heart attack and he showed up for work. /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
Joey~Me no like pain ~