10 Interesting Facts About the Female Body
Here are the most interesting facts about the female body!
10 Pain Receptors
Typically, a woman has more pain receptors than a man. Women feel pain more intensely than men, according to a study on pain of 11,000 men and women. Researchers analyzed electronic medical records of patients’ reports of pain across a range of different diseases, and found a distinct gender-driven difference in how much discomfort patients say they felt. The study included 47 disorders — from cancer to back conditions and infectious diseases — and more than 161,000 patient-reported pain scores. Not surprisingly, most responses clustered around either the two extremes of very little pain or extreme pain or the middle score of 5. But overall, women were more likely to indicate higher pain levels than men, according to Dr. Atul Butte of Stanford University School of Medicine. Hormones may explain some of the difference — studies have shown that estrogen in women can help dampen the activity of pain receptors. This actually helps women to tolerate higher levels of pain. That means, however, that women can become more sensitive to pain during low-estrogen parts of their menstrual cycle. There may also be explanations that have nothing to do with biology. Men may feel compelled by cultural stereotypes to be tough, and therefore report feeling less pain than they really do, especially when asked by the mostly female nursing staff.
9 The Tongue
This one’s pretty interesting, and could explain why so many girls in LA say how amazing something tastes when they’re out at dinner. Did you guys know that a woman’s tongue has more taste buds than that of a man? Research from Yale University has found that women actually have more taste buds on their tongues. About 35% of women can call themselves “supertasters,” which means they identify flavors such as bitter, sweet, and sour more strongly than others. But why would a woman’s tongue need to have more taste buds on their tongue? It’s suspected that from an evolutionary standpoint, women’s taste buds are more developed because women have a more important role in protecting offspring, both during and after pregnancy. As a result female bodies have over thousands of years developed mechanisms to determine whether or not what the mother is putting into her body is safe or not for her babies, and the result of that is extra taste buds. Men really have had no such roles down the evolutionary line. We were simply built to hunt for food and leave it to the women to determine whether food was good to eat or not. Hmmmmmmm!!
Remember that crazy dress that took over the internet a few years back?! Whether or not you saw white and gold or blue and black on the dress, that’s a different discussion, but there may be a difference in how men and women perceived the color. It’s been scientifically proven that a woman’s genetic makeup, specifically the X-Chromosome, gives women the ability to distinguish between wider varieties of color shades than a man. In the brain there are high concentrations of androgen receptors throughout cerebral cortex, especially in the visual cortex, which is responsible for processing images. Androgens are responsible for controlling the development of neurons in the visual cortex during embryogenesis, meaning that males have 25% more of these neurons than females. Across most of the visible spectrum, men require a slightly longer wavelength than do women in order to experience the same hue. Since longer wavelengths are associated with “warmer” colors, an orange, for example, may actually appear more red to a man than to a woman. Women are better at discriminating among colors, while men excel at tracking fast-moving objects and discerning detail from a distance. It’s probably an evolutionary adaptations possibly linked to our hunter-gatherer past. You guys start to see the theme here?!
7 The Hips
Do I really need to tell you guys that women have bigger hips?! Probably not, but we’re gonna go into the why anyways. Women generally have hips that are wider than the shoulders while the opposite is true for males. Widening of the hip bones occurs as part of the puberty process for women, and estrogens cause a widening of the pelvis as a part of s3xual differentiation. Hence females generally have wider hips, which is for childbirth. Female hips are a very obvious sign of fertility. Studies show that women with large hips are more fertile and are also less likely to experience birth complications. What’s interesting is that even if a woman decided to hit the gym really hard, chances are that she’ll lose most of her fat in other parts of the body. The remaining fat will still end up in the good old hips, butt, and thighs because of good ol estrogen.
6 Dimples of Venus
You guys ever wonder what those dimples on the small of a girl’s back is? You’ve probably never heard of this, unless you’ve actually taken the time to google what these things are. Dimples of Venus are two small indentations that some people have on their lower back. The dimples are formed by a short ligament pulling the skin toward the spine, and these marks are a genetic trait as not everyone has them. There’s not really a clear biological purpose for having these ligaments in the back. These beauty marks are named after the goddess of Venus, as they’re regarded as marks of beauty, and for the dudes that have it you can call it Dimples of Apollo. Women who have these dimples are supposedly able to have orgasms much easier because it facilitates good circulation. I’m not too sure if I believe this one, but hey, only one way to find out!
Women’s skeletons are generally less massive, smoother, and more delicate than men’s. Women’s rib cages are more rounded and smaller, and in the pelvis, men and women’s pelvises are different in overall shape and structure. Men in general also have denser, stronger bones, tendons, and ligaments. What about the size of women’s skulls?! Female skulls and head bones differ in size and shape from the male skull, with the male jaw generally wider, larger, and squarer than the female. In addition, males generally have a more prominent brow. And how about them teeth?! Studies have measured male and female canine and other teeth, but studies are inconclusive as to which s3x has the larger teeth. Finally, how about this one that you guys might have heard all the time growing up? Contrary to popular belief, males and females don’t differ in the number of ribs, no matter what happened to Adam and Eve! Here’s what’s next!
4 The heart
Did you guys know men and women have different things going on when it comes to the heart? We’re not talking about heartfelt feelings here, but what the actual physical heart does. Did you know that a woman’s heart actually beats faster than that of a man? While the average male’s heart beats around 70 times a minute, the average woman’s heart beats around 80 times a minute. Because of the fact that a woman’s heart is smaller, it beats slightly faster to get the job done. A woman’s heart is about two-thirds the size of a man’s, weighing an average of 120 grams, while a dude’s heart has an average 180 grams. However, doctors say that this has no effect on women’s overall heart health during their lifetime or the type of heart problems they develop. I mean, if anything women typically live longer than men. But because of a faster heart, this means men and women have many differences in the way biological processes work, such as circadian rhythm. A Canadian study has found that women have a circadian rhythm that runs between 1.7 and 2.3 hours ahead men’s, and this is a reason why women typically feel tired earlier at night than guys.
3 The Fingers
Before birth, estrogen and testosterone control genes that in turn dictate finger length. Because of the amount of estrogen or testosterone that a person gets in the womb, a person’s index finger can either be longer or shorter than their ring finger! It’s officially called the 2d 4d ratio, and it’s called that because obviously it’s comparing the second and fourth fingers on the hand. Because of the hormones that men and women are exposed in the womb, most men have ring fingers that are longer than their index fingers, and the reverse is true in women. For example, if a man has a longer index finger than ring finger, he may have had an elevated dose of estrogen at some point during his development, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as these guys have a reduced risk for prostate cancer. However, they also typically have a lower sperm count. As for women, if her ring finger is longer than her index finger, she’s likely more assertive and have more masculine handwriting. Hey, everything’s got a tradeoff right?!
2 The Skin
The skin on a man versus that on a woman is significantly different. Regardless of age, men have a higher collagen density than women; this is the ratio of collagen to the thickness of the skin. Researchers believe that the higher collagen density accounts for why women appear to age faster than men of the same age. The thickness of a person’s skin varies with the location, age and s3x of the individual. Testosterone causes an increase in skin thickness, and this is the reason why typically a man’s skin is about 25 percent thicker than that of a woman’s. A man’s skin also thins gradually with age, whereas the thickness of a woman’s skin remains constant until about the age of fifty. After menopause, a woman’s skin will thin significantly, which continues as she ages.
Ever wonder why women typically are much more flexible than men, and they can do moves that borders on acrobatics while guys can barely touch their toes? Well that’s because a woman’s muscles contain more elasticin than a man. Elasticin makes women naturally flexible even without much exercise as compared to men. Generally, the muscles of men and women are still perform and respond in a similar manner. Obviously, men develop more muscle mass than women because of different hormones. According to a 2004 study published in American Physiology Society, the skeletal muscles of men are faster and render higher maximum output compared to women’s skeletal muscles. However, women have the advantage of recovering faster and being more fatigue-resistant. Estrogen seems to have an effect in muscle contractile speed, making men more efficient in producing power and women more efficient in healing.