Carmelita Spies, pictured with her husband Ryan, daughter Zara and son Logan, disagrees with a study finding that men can tolerate more pain than women.
Carmelita Spies, pictured with her husband Ryan, daughter Zara and son Logan, disagrees with a study finding that men can tolerate more pain than women. Alistair Brightman

Women are tougher than men says mother of two

CARMELITA Spies reckons that if her husband Ryan had to go through what she went through when she gave birth to their two children, their son Logan would be an only child.

A new study from Leeds Metropolitan University has found men can tolerate more pain than women and are less likely to let anyone know they are suffering because they want to appear macho.

But the Maryborough mum reckons that isn't the case at all.

"I don't think so," she said.

With her first child, Logan, Carmelita was in labour for 31 hours and delivery of her daughter Zara on October 29 involved labour for 14 hours.

She said Ryan was "very fantastic" through both births and stayed with her the whole time.

But when it comes to who could handle the pain, she's got no doubts.

"I don't think he would have had two children," Carmelita said.

He would have got through the first birth because, she said wryly, you've got to, but she didn't think he would be in any hurry to have another one.

"We're tougher," Carmelita said.

Pain scientist Osama Tashani said gender stereotypes painted men as more stoic and women with higher levels of sensitivity.

He monitored sensitivity, endurance and willingness to report pain and found that men had higher pain thresholds than women.

Can men tolerate more pain than women?

This poll ended on 19 November 2012.

Current Results

Yes

32%

No

67%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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