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When it comes to the battle of the sexes, one debate always rears its head. What hurts more, getting kicked in the junk or giving birth?
As a male and through experience, I believe getting kicked in the nuts is far worse than giving birth. After all, women will contemplate having more than one child, but a guy will never consider getting kicked in the groin area again. And, I am highly confident that many men will agree with me on this.
However, women strongly feel the pain experienced during childbirth comfortably outways the crippling agony of being hammered in the sweetmeats, and the time has come to look to the professionals for answers.
AsapScience has attempted to determine which pain is more excruciating, and these are their findings.
Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown of AsapScience explain this was a rather tough question, as there isn’t an actual measurable unit of pain. This is despite what internet folklore claims.
Moffit and Brown explain that pain is received by sensory neurons called nociceptors—sending nerve signals to the spine or brain.
When it comes to testicles, the sharp pain when kicked is linked to the fact that a man’s nads are lined with nociceptors, which are in turn connected to both the stomach and the brain’s vomit centre.
Before men think this sort of answers the question of what hurts more, don’t get all high and mighty just yet.
Women don’t have it any better as the uterus is also lined with loads of nociceptors. This, coupled with hours of agonising labour, nausea and fatigue, results in females gaining ground on the subject.
Then, pain is subjective to an individual and not actually measurable; this leads to Asap Science establishing a tie between the two sources of pain.
Watch their full video here:
Looking even further into the matter, Snopes has also investigated the case, determined to establish which hurts more.
Snopes is a fact-checking website and has been described as a “well-regarded reference for sorting out myths and rumors” on the Internet. It has also been seen as a source for both validating and debunking urban legends and similar stories.
According to Snopes, there is no clear answer to the age-old question, which is more painful—as comparing the two events is nearly impossible. Snopes states, “One causes a brief rush of pain that disappears relatively quickly, and the other comes and goes, but for several hours (at least).”
Additionally, the fact-checking site has checked into the origin of the question, claiming that a graphic meme has been circulating for years, claiming a blow to the testicles is the clear winner, hands down: “A kick in the balls is above 9000 del (units) of pain which is similar to giving birth to 160 kids & breaking up to 3200 bones at a time.”
The earliest version of this claim we could find was posted to the website Joy Reactor on 30 March 2010. That posting included a different image and additional claims about having a baby.
The meme fail:
Snopes claims this meme does little to shed any light on the question. The site states, “First and foremost, there is no “del” unit of pain. Researchers at Cornell University proposed a measurement of pain called the “dol” in the 1940s, but this measurement was never widely used. The “del” can’t be explained away by a typo, either, as the dol scale only had a range between 0 and 10.5.”
Snopes further states, the logic is also nonsensical. “The main reason the dol — and other measurements of pain — ever caught on is that pain is subjective and difficult to quantify by nature.” This is because everyone feels pain differently. As the site points out, specific individuals have conditions that should cause significant pain, but don’t. Others have no sign of a physical problem but are in great pain. Your level of chronic pain can’t be assessed in a scientific test or screening.
So, in summary, it is all about your tolerance levels, just like with people’s bullsh….
However, the Newcastillian wanted to know what residents thought of the question. This is what they have to say:
“I say childbirth is more painful than a man being kicked in the privates. I have experienced childbirth; men can at least put an icepack on top of their genitals after being kicked.”
“Childbirth is by far more painful. Men are just being softies.”
Danel and Meyring Olivier
Meyring feels giving birth is more painful. “The pain lasts much longer than that of being kicked in between the legs.”
Danel laughs and says she fully agrees. “I doubt a man will be able to handle the pain of giving birth, but I am sure a woman can handle the pain of being kicked.”
“Being kicked in the nuts has got to be more painful than giving birth. You can’t walk properly for days if you get kicked hard.”
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