Low pain threshold? Here’s why

According to one of the researchers in a study, William Maixner, PhD, DDS, director of the Center for Neurosensory Disorders at the University of North Carolina, when the body is injured, it releases a flood of pain-relieving substances, notably beta endorphins, a natural opioid.

But many women’s bodies release fewer beta endorphins than men’s bodies do, Maixner says. Fewer natural painkillers can translate to more pain for women from the same injury — although, interestingly, women’s threshold for pain gets higher when they’re giving birth.

Read more to find out.