Put Your Feet Up!

We all know the lifelong debate about who has a stronger pain threshold – men or women. There have been so many studies done trying to establish who can cope with it better, I’ve watched various studies including one that concluded that men can cope with more pain where women can endure pain for a longer period of time. It never really answers the question though, the real question is “Could a man go through labour”!!! As a women who laboured naturally, using only the birthing pool for relief, I know the true pain of labour and the endurance of it for 14.5 hrs which in the grand scheme of things isn’t that long compared to some women. I doubt very much that a man could endure that amount of pain for that long!! But then I’m biased! One man has gone to prove that men are the stronger sex by replicating labour and enduring it – Dr Andrew Rochford. Really he can only replicate half of labour because a lot of the pain is obviously felt by the cervix and muscles stretching to unbelievable proportions which they couldn’t replicate!

Although I don’t believe the video is wholly accurate on experience exactly what contractions and labour pains feel like, as they are internal rather than external, I think it’s definitely worth a watch! They do test their experiment on a mother of 4 to begin with to establish how “like labour” it really is. Go on, put your feet up and have a watch!

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