Women tend to forget pain that they suffered more quickly than men, confirmed a new study in mice and humans, challenging the widely held belief that the fairer sex are more sensitive to pain than men.
The study, by researchers from Canada's University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), showed that men and women remembered earlier painful experiences differently.
While men (and male mice) remembered earlier painful experiences clearly, women (and female mice) did not seem to forget.
When experiencing pain again, men seemed to be stressed and hypersensitive in remembering, but women were not stressed by their earlier experiences of pain.
"If remembered pain is a driving force for chronic pain and we understand how pain is remembered, we may be able to help some sufferers by treating the mechanisms behind the memories directly," said lead author Loren Martin, Assistant Professor at the UTM.