Did you hear the one about how women are from Venus and men are from Mars? Well, it turns out there might be something to that. Here are some fascinating facts about women’s bodies you probably didn’t know.
Women have stronger immune systems than men
It’s commonly known that, on average, women tend to live longer than men. Science hasn’t fully decoded this mystery yet, but one possible explanation is that women have a stronger immune system.
According to researchers from Ghent University in Belgium, the answer is in women’s the genes. The full explanation is quite technical, but suffice it to say that tiny parts of genetic material, located on the female X chromosome, may give women an immune system advantage. Man flu may be real, after all.
They have greater memory
Women have been found to have stronger memory skills than men – including when it comes to remembering people’s faces. Research from MacMaster University suggests that women remember faces better than men, largely due to spending more time subconsciously studying other people’s facial features. Interesting, isn’t it?
But this is not all. Other studies found that women tend to also remember better past events, sensory memories (like smells), or the location of misplaced objects.
They have a higher pain threshold
Pain is highly subjective, of course. But research from McGill University in Canada seems to have proven that women tolerate pain better than men. And it comes down to the fact that men and women remember pain differently.
Researchers found that men remembered earlier painful experiences clearly. And as result, they were more stressed and sensitive to later pain. Women, on the other hand, didn’t appear to be stressed by the earlier painful experiences. In a way, women’s ability to block memories helps make the pain go away.
They see more colours
Roses are red, violets are blue – or are they? When it comes to colour, men and women aren’t seeing eye to eye.
Studies have revealed that women have a larger colour vocabulary. What a man simply describes as green, for a woman could be anything from moss and fern to clover, lime or honeydew. Some think that, rather than just a matter of vocabulary, the true root is physiological. According to researchers at CUNY’s Brooklyn College, not only can women name more colours, but they also perceive more thanks to sensory differences.
They have different internal clocks
Another interesting finding is that men and women have different circadian rhythms, the human body’s internal clock.
A 2020 study found that women tend to be morning people, because their body clocks follow a more easterly time zone. What’s more, women tend to be better at coping with disruptions of their sleep.
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