Which gender experiences the most pain? The age old question is still rife: what hurts more, child birth or being kicked in the … well .. man bits? I try to raise this question when talking about measuring pain in the Health section of the A2 using the McGill Pain questionnaire to quantify – well at least in part – the pain experienced at different times.
A recent piece of research has found that at 5 out of 12 pressure points men’s pain threshold was higher than womens. However, we have to note that individual differences are rife in perception of pain. Men may have just been more likely to report that the pain wasn’t there to prove their ‘butch man persona’. Maybe we could have used some form of physical measure to attempt to get a more objective idea of the perception of pain.
Garcia, E., Godoy-Izquierdo, D., Godoy, J.F., Perez, M. & Lopez-Chicheri, I. (2007). Gender differences in pressure pain threshold in a repeated measures assessment. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 12, 567-579. Hat tp to the BPSRD.