Man 'Simulates Labor' to See If He's Tougher Than Women (VIDEO)


man with labor painsOh, men, you make me laugh so hard sometimes. For it is only a member of your sex who would actually conduct an experiment to see who has a higher threshold for pain -- women or men -- by simulating labor contractions on yourself. Now why would you go and do that?

A doctor in Australia hooked himself up to a bunch of electrodes that simulated the "same level of pain" brought on by childbirth (he had a mother of four test it before him to make sure it was painful enough -- yeah, I would volunteer for that). The highly scientific results of this single man who took part in this concluded that women have a higher pain tolerance. I believe his findings were reached by the amount of times he said, "Ow" and "That hurts."

I didn't know we were in a competition, ladies, but ... yay, us? And, you know, not to split hairs here, but as long as we're celebrating, let's not forget that he didn't have to go through the act of actually being pregnant or, you know, giving birth.

Even if you think this is ridiculous -- which, let's be honest, it is -- watch the video, because it is sure to bring but the smallest chuckle to you on this Monday afternoon. Perhaps I'm sadistic, but I couldn't help but smile as this doctor writhed in pain.

I mean, if this "experiment" was really just a way for this guy to get a better idea of what his wife, sister, or mother went through, it would be sweet. But the fact that it was to see "who's tougher" just makes it kind of weird. Maybe that's why I laughed? I mean, could you picture a woman taking part in some sort of test to see if she could tolerate something men do? I can't. And not because women are scaredy cats, because they're not dumb.

The other thing about this little project that bugs me a bit is obviously we all knew the outcome. I mean, you can tell this man is in serious pain -- and everybody knows labor isn't exactly a walk in the park -- but could you imagine if he finished and was like, "Big deal. Dudes are totally tougher"? He would be the most hated man ever!

I don't know, guys. I can't exactly put my finger on it, but something about this video rubs me the wrong way. Maybe it's the fact that the video is actually titled, "A Man Experiencing Childbirth."

Check it out:

What do you think of this "experiment"?


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Histo... HistoryMamaX3

This just proves what we've already known... men and women are created differently because we have inherently different roles. Men deal better with short term pain while women are made to handle long term pain. Women who say, I don't handle pain well... are correct, we don't. But put into a situation where the pain increases 'gradually' and lasts longer- you're body will adapt quite amazingly.

We're built to birth babies. :-)

halli... hallieballie

Yeah it's not a man experiencing childbirth because he doesn't actually birth the baby. Let's see him handle it after 9 months of carrying a baby, hemorrhoids, yeast infections, sciatica, then endure labor... Including contractions when a nursewith long fingernails decides to check you, then a good hour pushing a baby through a 10 cm hole. I'd love to meet the guy who would be up for that.

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

And, I would like to point out a major flaw in his experiment... as he pointed out when he said that his wife was his support system and he now knows what she went through- contractions are only PART of the issue... you also have to account for the baby coming OUT of the birth canal. lol Not only is your abdomen contracting, your girl parts are stretching open. lol

phant... phantomphan

I'll be impressed when he passes a watermelon through his penis.

music... musicmomma_89

I think they would make a lot of money if they made this experiment into something they can sell pregnant wives for their husbands. lol.

nonmember avatar Anooxy

This is stupid. Women have hormones that lower pain during labor. Tests have shown that Estrogen can lower pain to 70% less (according to women themselves). And they still take painkillers.

nonmember avatar miznunya

I agree with phantomphan.. If you're nice doc, maybe we would go easy on you and only make you deliver a 7lb watermelon through your man parts instead of 8 or 9.. lol Not to mention the post delivery horror.. stitches and pain, bleeding, swelling while trying to nurse and keep your job..He'd still be getting off easy because he didn't go through the 9 months prior of carrying the baby, morning sickness that lasts all day, swollen feet/ass/boobs/hands/face,stretch marks, back pain, no drinking, no smoking, no fun, for 9 freakin months!! Sure, it might have been a nice gesture, but they definitely need to change the title.... He did NOT experience childbirth..

nonmember avatar blh

Lol everyone always goes on about the hormones we supposedly have to make it not hurt as bad...I guess I missed out on that because the longer it went on the worse it got. And yeah until that guy pushes a baby out of his vagina he can shut up.

Kendra Mackie

that is old news here in australia as it happened 2 yrs ago

daugh... daughteroftruth

Well, he only had "contractions" not nearly 10 months of drastic hormonal and body changes.  Nor did he have to walk around for the last few weeks of pregnancy while his hips slowly seperated.  He also didn't have to push anything out, nor did he have to deal with after birth contractions, 6plus weeks of bleeding and healing or the pain of learning to breastfeed... with that being said...

I think they should do a controlled study... How about they hook up 100 men to this device.  I thnk we really need to see if these men can handle it.  I"d be more then happy to help with the testing.... as long as I can watch... and possible get my husband in as one of the test subjects.

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