Advertisement

How is pain tolerance different between men and women?

Dawn Marcus
Neurology
Men and women feel pain differently. Research studies consistently show that women are more sensitive to pain than men. They show that women feel pain at a lower stimulus than men, and pain becomes intolerable to women sooner than men.
  • Women can first detect pain with a stimulus that's nearly 20 percent less than the stimulus needed for men to feel pain.
  • Pain becomes intolerable with a stimulus that's 15 percent lower in women than men.
Similarly, studies also show that women find needle sticks and intravenous catheter placement to be more painful than men do.
The Woman's Migraine Toolkit: Managing Your Headaches from Puberty to Menopause (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

More About this Book

The Woman's Migraine Toolkit: Managing Your Headaches from Puberty to Menopause (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

Migraines are a common, controllable type of headache that affects one in every six women, more than 20 million in the United States alone. The Woman’s Migraine Toolkit helps readers take charge of...

Continue Learning about Pain

For the Best Pain Relief, Give Someone a Hug
For the Best Pain Relief, Give Someone a Hug
Some days, all you need to feel better is a giant hug, and science agrees. Research scientists from the University of Colorado Boulder and the Univers...
Read More
What happens to the pain signal in the spinal cord?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
The spinal cord acts as a filter for pain messages going to the brain. It can amplify or mute the si...
More Answers
6 Ways to Stay Pain Free This Winter
6 Ways to Stay Pain Free This Winter6 Ways to Stay Pain Free This Winter6 Ways to Stay Pain Free This Winter6 Ways to Stay Pain Free This Winter
Ease irritated joints and avoid cold-weather injuries with these expert-approved tips.
Start Slideshow
How to Heal Shin Splints
How to Heal Shin Splints

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.