If You Thought Men Could Never Handle The Pain Of Labor – You Were Right

shutterstock_49112032When I see the way my husband reacts to the common cold, I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t be able to handle the pain of labor. Sorry, but it’s a fact.

I think women have long wondered what it would be like if the roles were reversed. If you are a woman you have definitely had to deal with your fair share of must be that time of the month! comments. Haven’t you? I know I have. Maybe it’s because I am bitchier than most – but whatever. Whenever I hear a comment like that, I think I wonder how well you would do with the feeling of someone stabbing you repeatedly in the abdomen for hours on end? Then I cry and eat a piece of chocolate. It’s hard out here for a woman.

Well, we finally have evidence that men would, in fact, cry like babies if they had to experience the pain of childbirth. From the Daily Mail:

Dutch presenting duo Dennis Storm and Valerio Zena were hooked up to electrodes that replicated the contractions women are forced to undergo – but the men only lasted two hours before they begged for the electrodes to be taken off.

Although they make a brave attempt to laugh and joke their way through the experience, the misery on their faces gives the game away.

So bad is the pain, Zena is left questioning whether he even wants children as his wife would be forced to go through an experience he describes as ‘torture’.

Clearly, there are things one could experience that would be worse than the pain of childbirth. I’m sure that guy from the movie 127 Hours that had to amputate his own right arm to extricate himself from a slot in a canyon he fell into felt worse than most women in labor. The point is, it is a pretty intense experience that can be minimized by those who haven’t experienced it. It’s kind of refreshing to see evidence that it’s not all in our heads.

Kudos to these men for having the guts to see if they could withstand the pain. And I hate to admit it, but the photos of the men during “childbirth” are kind of hilarious.

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    • CG

      Don’t women also beg for labor to stop after about 2 hours…? They just don’t have the choice to make it stop.

      • Andrea

        That’s what I was gonna say. I begged for it to be over too, but it wasn’t gonna happen was it. Although, there IS the whole epidural thing.

    • Stephen

      Two random ears with electrodes that mimic contractions? I don’t even want to go into the difference between men and women. Since when did people say labour was a breeze? News to me lol

    • http://www.facebook.com/houde.veronique Véronique Houde

      Yeah… Us women aren’t really much better – we beg for the pain to stop too. This doesn’t really prove that women are better than men. And isn’t the point of this article a complete contradiction to the point that you were trying to make in your other article about men on the internet? Don’t we have to stop comparing men and women when it comes to parenting? I’m perplexed.

      • None

        Agreed. Pus, can we please stop the mommy martyr who has it worse games? Please, it’s obnoxious.

    • March

      Permission to nit-pick? It’s Valerio Zeno, not Zena.

    • Tinyfaeri

      Like others, I’ve never heard anyone say that labor or childbirth are easy. I also don’t see the point of the recent trend-ish-thing of strapping electrodes to men’s stomaches and calling it labor simulation. For one, it’s not the same muscle group. For another, there’s no point to it other than to feel pain, where in labor there’s hopefully a happy, healthy baby at the end. Also, why do we need men to feel all the pain we feel? If I get shot in the foot, I’m not going to demand that my husband gets shot in the foot, too, just to know what I felt.

    • http://www.facebook.com/paul.white.3532507 Paul White

      So…since my wife asked for an epidural, should I tell her she’s a man? Since she coudn’t handle labor sans drugs?

      (No, I’m not serious)

    • Tea

      A lot of people use an epidural, and these men don’t get the big rush of happy hormones to help dull the memory afterward.

    • CR

      Childbirth was easy for me…only because it was a Csection :-) Then again I was having labor pains for 3 days before my daughter was born. Excrutiating and I wished for it to be over after just one day. Although I really don’t think men could handle the 22 day long bleeding that takes place after birth

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