Why can women handle physical pain and sickness better than men?

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  1. PK2010 profile image65
    PK2010posted 13 years ago

    Why can women handle physical pain and sickness better than men?

  2. mindyjgirl profile image78
    mindyjgirlposted 13 years ago

    I have always wondered that myself smile It seems when my husband gets sick the world ends and when it happens to me its whats for dinner!! LOL

  3. psycheskinner profile image84
    psycheskinnerposted 13 years ago

    There is a small average difference (not *all* women deal with it better than *all* men) probably due to the need to endure childbirth.

  4. krisingreen profile image60
    krisingreenposted 13 years ago

    i used to believe that too but handling pain and sicknesses actually has nothing to do with being male or female but instead it has something to do with cultural norms. Females biologically gives birth and all that and that's basically why women are mentally prepared to handle pain and sicknesses while men are not because they do not give birth. Men are also often expected by society to live up to its expectations even when they are hurting inside. And when an opportunity comes for them to show their softer more vulnerable side, women tend to think that they can't handle pain and sicknesses like women. I guess the handling of pain also depends on what it is, right?

  5. MazioCreate profile image67
    MazioCreateposted 13 years ago

    The other answers have summed it up - childbirth. We've got hormones that may drive us crazy at times, but at other times they are our life savers.

  6. BizGenGirl profile image88
    BizGenGirlposted 13 years ago

    It's part of our ability to make and give birth to babies. Women need an exponentially higher pain threshold to be able to make it through the gestation and birth process and survive to tell about it. Because of this ability, women can withstand great amounts of pain and after a certain amount of time with extended pain, their bodies can create anti-pain hormones that help to get them through to pain free times.

  7. nightwork4 profile image60
    nightwork4posted 13 years ago

    i didn't know they could. other then child birth, i doubt or have never noticed women handling any pain better then men. i break a finger, i wrap it in a splint and get back to work, do you?

  8. profile image0
    vinsanityposted 13 years ago

    Maybe, but I think that women are brought up in a more sheltered environment and have been told to live a more sheltered lifestyle so getting hurt seems worse. Although this does not apply to all women by any means.

  9. Trevor Davis profile image56
    Trevor Davisposted 13 years ago

    I'm incredibly sorry but of what evidence suggests this? With all the stupid things men do at an early age with purple nurples, shoulder punches, bloody knuckles, wedgies, and the such men have toughened themselves from some physical pain from an early age. But for women theres childbirth and menstruation. I'm not saying who feels more pain but i seriously believe that both sexes handle it quite equally. Women and men are just built differently and with different areas of sensitivity across the body.

  10. nipnapcreations profile image60
    nipnapcreationsposted 12 years ago

    I don't know this for fact, but I'm guessing because of their better suited overall nurturing qualities. Like I said this is all matter of opinion, but I think women can deal with emotional pain, sickness, and health issues, better than men, not just physically but mentally too. Comparing average to average that is. Sure some women and some men out there may be better at each element or both, than each other, but the average male to the average female, females trump us.

  11. Lisa Gateley profile image60
    Lisa Gateleyposted 12 years ago

    Okay, so many people believe that childbirth is the answer to why women can handle pan and illness. I disagree. As a woman, I don't think that giving birth to a child has anything to do with having the mental capacity to deal with pain or illness or anything else. It depends on the person and his/her ability to deal with whatever ailes them. It is true that most men seem to completely turn into children when they're sick, but I think that's mostly because we (women) don't normally see them acting as such. Now women have to deal with the pain and illness in different ways because most of the time there is a limited amount of "help" we can get during the time we're sick to do the things we need to do, therefore we have to "push through the pain" and do what needs to be done. However I think that men also have the capacity to do this.

    In a nutshell, it depends on the PERSON not the SEX as to whether or not pain and sickness is handled better than the other. Men are allowed to be weak sometimes, just as women are allowed to be strong. Somewhere in the warped universe, some people still assume that there is a weaker sex. While men and women are very different, I like to think we compensate for each other.

  12. Onlinemidwife profile image79
    Onlinemidwifeposted 12 years ago

    Women can do childbirth, and muti-task -some men dont!
    They have man-flu, the world ends....my husband can vouch for that. I think some men are alot more softer than you think some may have a hard exterior but underneath it all they are very sensitive!
    When we have flu- we work and sort the kids out so we got no time to be ill....and we cope with things better.
    So it must be in our genetic make up!

  13. Jonesy0311 profile image61
    Jonesy0311posted 12 years ago

    Where are you finding all of these sissified men? I can't remember the last time I took a sick day or went to the doctor. However, I need more than my fingers and toes to count how many times I've had to babysit my wife on the couch because of a headache, back spasm, hot flash, etc. Maybe these guys need to live a while in the country and quit relying on vaccinations every flu season. Eating real food from real animals and vegetables might help too.

    There is a reason that Marine Corps boot camp is not co-ed. I've never seen a woman stitch her own wound or hike a combat load on a broken ankle. Obviously, this doesn't apply to ALL men and ALL women. But, you ladies need to start looking for men outside of the cities if this is what your options are looking like.

  14. Dawn the Chip profile image56
    Dawn the Chipposted 12 years ago

    A lot of the time women cope with pain and illness because they have to. A man can get 'man flu' and feel that he should just lie in bed to recover as the best option, after all most have a mother, wife or girlfriend to bring them things, or no responsibilities at all.

    A women with the same illness, just feels crap with a cold, she continues because she has children to feed, washing to do, shopping to get, and if manflu has taken over the house, her husband to look after as well!!
    I watched myth busters on this subject. They found that women who hadnt had children had even slightly lower thresholds of pain that men, but women after childbirth had a staggering resistance to pain.
    Of course this is generalised, and doesn't apply to everyone.

  15. Brian Anderson profile image81
    Brian Andersonposted 12 years ago

    I think women are genetically programmed to handle pain better, mostly due to the predisposition of being able to give birth..

  16. Mansoor Saeed profile image61
    Mansoor Saeedposted 12 years ago

    I think this ability is embedded in women by nature.

  17. powerofknowledge1 profile image60
    powerofknowledge1posted 12 years ago

    I think men are only strong physically they don't have patience to face the physical pain and sickness. I m not criticizing men. But its my opinion that women are much more stronger than men even mentally. Women sacrifice more than men. Like
    When they are just a kid or a daughter they sacrifice their chocolates for their brother.
    When they are young they sacrifice their boy friend for their parents as some time parents don't like their boy friend.
    When they get married they sacrifice their job for their husband.
    When they become a mother they sacrifice their friends, relatives for their children as their exams or schools are going on.

    So at every stage of their life they do sacrifice which men cannot do. This shows women are mentally more stronger than men.

  18. My Footprints profile image60
    My Footprintsposted 12 years ago

    Because they are created to handle more pain. I guess the worst pain to bear is child birth. Nothing beats it.

  19. tsmog profile image85
    tsmogposted 12 years ago

    Great question. I do not have the answer. But, I have more questions because of this. I suppose it may have something to do with physiology, culture as stated earlier, socialization process, and who says so?

  20. Allen Williams profile image70
    Allen Williamsposted 12 years ago

    I wasn't aware of any study that proved that women can handle physical pain and sickness better than men.  I sure haven't seen that in my lifetime.  I don't know, I guess it depends who you hang around.  I have been though many sicknesses myself and have handled it quite well while at the same time I heard women crying that they are so sick and can't take it.  I've been through pain that probably most people would not be able to stand but I handled it.  How can one compare the pain level that someone feels and say that your pain is more or that the other person cannot handle it?  I just don't see where you are coming from on this question.

    1. Levertis Steele profile image76
      Levertis Steeleposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Men are better at solving problems involving emotional pain w/o a lot of drama. Women are better at managing physical pain. When a man gives birth without dying, I will be ready to change my views.

  21. LoveJewel profile image60
    LoveJewelposted 12 years ago

    So funny you asked this question. I was just thinking to myself how is it i can maintain my daily schedule with a common cold, yet my husband has shut down his entire rotation due to the same cold. I believe us women were built to be stronger, not so much physically, but mentally. We see things differently, this survivial mode kicks in more so when something is keeping us down.There is this mental strength that drive the physical part of us.

  22. vansh121 profile image59
    vansh121posted 12 years ago

    Because they have more tolerance power than men. Men usually react soon, but women tries to suppress their pain and sickness till it become intolerable for them.

  23. missolive profile image61
    missoliveposted 12 years ago

    women are usually one to nurture others regardless of our surroundings and issues. We are expected (and expect from ourselves) to continue caring for others despite our illnesses - so we end up with a, "get over it" attitude when it comes to ourselves.

    Perhaps I feel this way due to my mom and grandmother - they were non-stop domestic dynamos and held high expectations for me as a woman.

    Funny, I teach middle school and this somewhat relates to the topic. I had one of my female students approach me to talk. She says, "Miss, I'm realizing guys are just a bunch of wimps!" I could not stop laughing. I told her, "yeah, but don't let them know it" and she responds, "that's exactly what my mom said!" lol

  24. profile image0
    Wentworth35posted 12 years ago

    I certainly think there would be a lot more problems involved if men were to start giving birth.  I have noticed too that women seem to be able to handle the sight of blood better than some men.  Maybe because they are much more used to seeing it.  I know if I get a paper cut, I have to put my hand against the wall to stop me from fainting.

  25. profile image0
    lostwithinmyselfposted 12 years ago

    I have been wondering this myself too lol..OMG mindy that sounds like my hubby too.. May be women were given higher pain thresholds to cope with things like childbirth etc? Who knows eh lol! x

  26. profile image50
    MonclerKids01posted 12 years ago
  27. adanpt1 profile image40
    adanpt1posted 12 years ago

    Sorry, but this question is worded with an embedded assumption that is not true. Women do not handle physical pain and sickness better than men, so asking why is nonsensical. Scientific studies have demonstrated exactly the opposite.

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/artic … -key-to-pa

    http://health.msn.com/health-topics/pai … -threshold

    http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/ … ekey=51160

    Sorry to pop the bubble here, but don't blame me... blame science and facts.

  28. tlmcgaa70 profile image60
    tlmcgaa70posted 12 years ago

    it isnt so much that women can handle pain better than men. everything boils down to the individual. very few women can handle the rigors of being a firefighter. not just the strength it takes to be one, but the injuries that they often suffer. There is a police officer who recently got shot, along with two others. the other two officers sadly, did not make it. even though the bullet entered his head, traveled down his face and buried itself into his chest, where it remains, even though his jaw is still wired and immovable, he is back on the job...two weeks early. that is pretty strong if you ask me. there are many women who are tremendous big babies. they complain about every little pain they have. so there are weak men and weak women...strong men and strong women...but you cant say it is gender determined. it doesnt work that way.

  29. OneFineG467 profile image60
    OneFineG467posted 12 years ago

    God given certain qualities that separates woman and man so that they complement each other..

    I don't know this fact is true with all woman and man ...

    Sometime i try to keep men and women in a lighter mood and not lose cool before they get hardened due to pressure

  30. rajan jolly profile image93
    rajan jollyposted 12 years ago

    A big YES and the biggest proof is only women can bear labour pains

  31. Kawaljit kaur profile image65
    Kawaljit kaurposted 12 years ago

    For centuries, women have been ruled by men in different forms; before marriage by fathers, after marriage by husbands and later on by sons. With the passage of generations, this has made her mentally strong to bear all this. So, this could have been the reason that women can handle physical pain and sickness better than men.

    1. Gene Novak profile image54
      Gene Novakposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      This is not true look up men handle pain better than women in google.  There are studies that consistently show you can't handle pain as well as us.

  32. Pollyannalana profile image60
    Pollyannalanaposted 12 years ago

    There are some whiny women but for the most part I think men are the weaker too and I do believe anyone who has experienced childbirth can put up with so much. It does seem to me too that I don't get the pity when I am sick that I give my husband when he is. Probably I do it less anymore because of that unless it is something really serious of course.

  33. funnytech profile image62
    funnytechposted 12 years ago

    Physical pain? As far as I understand it it is the opposite way around..

    http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/ … ekey=51160

  34. Erin Boggs1 profile image81
    Erin Boggs1posted 12 years ago

    My guess is because we know what it feels like to give birth or to even menstrate. As women we become immune to pain because we are naturally subjected to pain during the course of our lives.

    1. Gene Novak profile image54
      Gene Novakposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Look up men handle pain better than women in google.  Studies show you don't handle it as well as us despite the BS that keeps getting regurgitated.

  35. special security profile image62
    special securityposted 12 years ago

    Because women become pregnant and absorb a great pain of the world.Men do not get that experience.

  36. FW Keyes profile image60
    FW Keyesposted 12 years ago

    LOL. I think it is God's gift to women to help them handle pain during the birthing process, but I don't think women are generally able to handle physical pain, better than men, in every area. I think men may whine about their pain more, which makes it seem, as if they are not able to handle it. I think men love getting that attention from their significant other, mother's, and sister's etc.

  37. profile image55
    soniacharanposted 12 years ago

    they are more mature than men...
    they attain maturity earlier...
    thats why women marry men older to them because
    it binds maturity gap...

  38. profile image0
    Majadezposted 12 years ago

    I guess we're made that way... However, there's no way to actually prove it.  How can you judge whether your pain is greater or lesser than that of another person.  Even if you go through similar injuries, we all seem to handle pain differently.  Therefore, I'm not entirely sure that it is true.

    1. Gene Novak profile image54
      Gene Novakposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Glad you said that, look up men handle more pain in google.  There have been a few studies done in the last 10 years that consistently show men do handle pain much better than women.

  39. KristiF profile image60
    KristiFposted 12 years ago

    Thats how we were built! We are built to give birth.. i cant imagine a greater pain smile

    1. Gene Novak profile image54
      Gene Novakposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Look up men handle pain better than women in google.  Studies over the years have repeatedly shown men handle pain better.  There is no proof for the inverse it's just women patting themselves on the back again over nothing.

  40. larry71 profile image61
    larry71posted 12 years ago

    This is not a 100% fact.  It is a theory. 
    I know you're thinking "oh no here's a man answering" 
    The facts I've seen with my own eyes throughout my life.
    Most women believe that "because they can give birth" they can withstand more pain.  This is false.  Millions of women can't deal with it that's why they have epidurals, shunts and pain meds during the labor process to deaden the pain.  They can't deal with it. 
    I've had female relatives, and friends alike say they can't stand pain. 
    And I've heard many women say kidney stones and gaul stones hurt way more than giving birth. 
    Even have heard Doctors  make this statement that the kidney stones and gaul stones are more painful.  The reason for that is during pregnancy the body prepares for the birth and the cervix is softened to allow passage of the baby.  The passage ways the gaul stones and kidney stones take don't have this happen.  So they are therefore under much more force and stress than the crevix for this reason. Although these passage ways have some ability to stretch aren't designed to.  Resulting in much more pain. 
    As for the fact many men carry on the way they do, isn't an indicator of pain intollerance, it's the fact they want to be cared for like children and know they will receive it from the caregiver.  Usually the spouse or significant other.
    And due to the fact most women are maternal in nature follow suit and play nurse.  You have been duped. 
    Back to the point that woman can handle more is a falacy.  They project the "tough" act because they don't want to appear weak and frail. 
    This is an exact opposite to the male "act"  if truth be told most men and women can stand the same amount. It's only perceived otherwise due to the "acts" mentioned above. 
    thanks for posing the question and the opportunity to answer.

  41. TheOracleKing profile image58
    TheOracleKingposted 12 years ago

    Can women handle more pain then men? What are you basing this answer on? Have you done tests?  Did you kidnap an equal amount of men and women for a control group? Did you then torture them and analyse the meta data? Did you publish the results of scrutiny within the science community? Was your control group angry about being kidnapped? Did they press charges?

    So many questions!

  42. lafamillia profile image59
    lafamilliaposted 12 years ago

    THIS IS THE FACT. I have personal experience with this. I tooootally agree with this. I had an girlfriend that was heroin addict,just like me - and she went trough cold-turkey and I couldn't. I've finished on MMT.

    1. Gene Novak profile image54
      Gene Novakposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      This is not fact, look up men handle pain better than women in google.  There have been multiple studies showing men consistently handle more pain.

  43. mirza shahzad profile image61
    mirza shahzadposted 12 years ago

    i think its just a different way of dealing with it.

  44. Choxy profile image65
    Choxyposted 12 years ago

    ...because we were built for childbirth.

    Haha. I dunno. I honestly think my husband does better with pain than I do.

  45. zipline05 profile image59
    zipline05posted 12 years ago

    I really don't know the answer. It seems that both are equal, and it only depends on how one handles the situation.

  46. Whimsical Chair profile image61
    Whimsical Chairposted 12 years ago

    Simple . . . because they are women.  When they are born, no matter what society they are in, they are part of a ___ gender.  I couldn't figure out what word to use, so I left it blank.

  47. sensiblescorpio profile image59
    sensiblescorpioposted 12 years ago

    we were built for it prime example men cant  have children our bodies were made to be in constant pain and distress yet our faces were made to grin and bear it....

  48. profile image57
    kat74posted 12 years ago

    When God was creating a woman, he knew what kind of difficulties life will through at her. He knew living with a man was going to be a challenge to her so he gave her enough strength and courage to be able to deal with all that. The strength of a woman is what keeps the family together, a man can provide and love but He will always need a woman to clue his family together.

  49. Zabbella profile image75
    Zabbellaposted 12 years ago

    Women were equipped to have a higher pain threshold. I believe that it is due to the child-bearing reason. Just as they can cradle a child in their arms longer than a man can.  Their forearms have a curve that is different than a man's.
    Women also are warmer in the center of their bodies for child-bearing and men have warmer hands and feet  because they were equipped for hunting. 
    (Yes...that was my A-Ha! moment when I saw that on 20-20.)

    1. Gene Novak profile image54
      Gene Novakposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      There have been plenty of studies done in the last 10 years that have consistently shown men to handle much more pain than women.  Look up men handle more pain in google.

  50. terrektwo profile image81
    terrektwoposted 12 years ago

    This really hasn't been my experience at all, aside from child birth, possibly my opinions biased but anyone offering their opinion on this is either a man and a woman and thus biased as well. Overall I think it really does depend on the person and their pain threshold.


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