Men and women experience a lot of things differently– including pain.
Researchers from McGill University did a study on mice and then again on humans– 41 men and 38 women ages 18 to 40 took part.
Researchers subjected the humans to a certain amount of pain on their arms, and then the next day and repeated the pain-inflicting process. When they were taken back into the same room as the first day, men rated the pain as being more painful than they did the day before– they also rated it as being more painful than women did.
Researcher Jeffrey Mogil says “We believe the mice and the men were anticipating [the pain] and for males, the stress of that anticipation caused greater pain sensitivity.” He also added, “There was some reason to expect that we would see increased sensitivity to pain on the second day, but there was no reason to expect it would be specific to males.”