MEN can tolerate more pain than women and are less likely to react to it because they want to appear macho, researchers have found.
Gender stereotypes mean men tend to act stoically when they are hurt whereas women show more sensitivity, according to a study by Leeds Metropolitan University.
Pain scientist Dr Osama Tashani, who recruited 200 British and Libyan volunteers to inflict pain on, said men had higher pain thresholds and reported less pain intensity than women, irrespective of nationality. British volunteers could not endure as much pain as Libyan participants but were more willing to report it.
Those who took part in the study were jabbed in the hand with a 1cm-wide blunt tip and had their blood supply to a raised hand restricted.