'MythBusters' confirms whether women tolerate pain better than men | EW.com

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'MythBusters' confirms whether women tolerate pain better than men

On the April 28th episode of Discovery’s MythBusters, Adam and Jamie enlist test subjects to test two pain myths: can women handle more pain than men and are redheads more prone to pain than everyone else? After the jump, the answer to the first question.

In case you can’t watch the video: Women win! On average, we can hold our hand in a bowl of one-degree ice water for longer, meaning we tolerate pain better. Still, don’t think this means a woman can’t have an epidural if she wants one. (My brother-in-law thought my sister could handle child birth with a “good book.”)

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