Sex differences in pain.

  title={Sex differences in pain.},
  author={Karen J. Berkley},
  journal={The Behavioral and brain sciences},
  volume={20 3},
  pages={371-80; discussion 435-513}
Are there sex differences in pain? For experimentally delivered somatic stimuli, females have lower thresholds, greater ability to discriminate, higher pain ratings, and less tolerance of noxious stimuli than males. These differences, however, are small, exist only for certain forms of stimulation and are affected by many situational variables such as presence of disease, experimental setting, and even nutritive status. For endogenous pains, women report more multiple pains in more body regions… CONTINUE READING
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