Stanford Daily, Mercury News, Wall Street Journal - Stanford study shows women report more intense pain than men


The long-held notion that women have a higher tolerance for pain than men do has been upended by a Stanford University study released on Monday, January 23rd 2012. The report, published in The Journal of Pain, was based on electronic medical records of more than 11,000 adult patients at Stanford hospitals and clinics.

According to, Jeffrey Mogil, a pain expert at McGill University in Montreal who was not involved in the study, said: "What this paper does above and beyond what came before is a matter of sheer size. In my mind, it puts the story to bed forever."