Gender and Pain

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Does gender affect pain?

Gender and Pain

The stereotype is that men have higher tolerance for pain than women. Gender does, in fact, establish certain traits; however, studies show that women prepare for pain better than men, not the other way around.

Women report and complain about pain more often than their male counterparts, but women also tend to experience more severe levels of pain during biological tasks of menstruation, labor, and in childbirth. Women utilize better coping strategies to handle pain, and may be better prepared because of a combination of hormones and natural readiness which stems from their biological cycle.

Many factors affect pain, and it is important that patients understand how pain operates in their bodies. If you are experiencing gender-specific pain, or would like more pain information about the effects gender may have on your health, consult a physician for additional information.



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