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Do women have a higher pain tolerance than men?

When people discuss their experiences of getting tattoos, sustaining sports injuries or giving birth, a question often comes up: Do people of different sexes experience pain differently?

It turns out that, on a cellular level, there do seem to be inherent differences in how males and females process painful stimuli. But the question of which sex — if either — has a higher pain tolerance has a fuzzier answer.

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