Amazing and Fascinating Facts About Women's Bodies
The human body is an amazing and complex thing. While there are similarities between males and females, it’s hard to ignore just how incredible the female body truly is.
Be it surviving injuries, overcoming obstacles, learning languages, growing a baby or accomplishing something else entirely, a woman's biology is there to support her in interesting ways. Check out these fascinating facts about female bodies that impact women physically, emotionally and mentally.
Women Have Stronger Immune Systems
Women often have stronger immune systems than their male counterparts. This fact may not be due to biology so much as it is their activities, though. Women tend to be exposed to more germs and pathogens than men are thanks to their roles as caregivers.
Women Tend to Experience More Pain
Some people assume that men experience more pain than women, but that's not actually the case for a number of reasons. Of course, there’s the pain associated with menstruation and the indescribable pain of childbirth. But there’s more behind this.
Women Have Higher Pain Thresholds
Women also have a higher tolerance for pain. Perhaps this is Mother Nature's way of showing mercy because women deal with more physical pain on a regular basis. Regardless, some scientists think that this tolerance comes from how easily a woman is able to forget previous pain that she experiences.
Women Distinguish Colors Better Than Men
Women and men have different strengths when it comes to sight. Men are able to track movement better than women and can see better at a distance. Women, on the other hand, are able to distinguish differences between colors better than men.
Women Have Better Language Skills
For many decades, it has been said that women have better language skills than men do. Whether they’re writing research papers or picking up new languages, it seems to come easier for women than men. Why is this the case?
Women Speak More Than Men
People often joke that women talk more than men, but it really is true. Women speak around 20,000 words each day, while men only speak around 7,000. There happens to be an interesting biological reason for this.
Women Have Better Memories
Women often have a million things to remember on a daily basis. They’re writing to-do lists, signing field trip permission slips, planning dinner menus, hitting the gym, finessing work presentations, getting Grandma's birthday present and doing so much more.
Women Have Better Chances of Surviving Traumatic Injuries
Studies show that severely injured women are 14% more likely to survive their injuries than men dealing with similar injuries. Oddly enough, this may be due to the hormones that each sex has more of, and the survival rate may differ based on age.
Women Are More Resilient
In addition to surviving traumatic injuries more often than men, women are generally more resilient in most areas of life. Regardless of how progressive the world becomes, there are still many biases against women. Women often have to learn to overcome a lot in their lives.
Women Have Sensitive Skin
Did you know that a woman's skin is actually thinner than a man's by as much as 25%? This leads to women being much more sensitive to touch. This can be a positive or negative thing. On one hand, it means that women can enjoy textures of things more than men can.
Women Have More Muscle Endurance
Many people assume that men are built to endure more physically, but that may not be true. Estrogen in a woman's body makes her muscles more resistant to fatigue. In fact, it can make a woman’s muscles last 75% longer before getting too fatigued to continue when exercising.
Women’s Muscles Have Greater Flexibility
Women’s bodies contort into yoga poses and other stretchy exercises well because their bodies are more flexible. For starters, their muscles and tendons have more elasticity. Women’s spines have adapted for their bodies to carry fetuses, so their lower backs are often more flexible, too.
A Woman’s Cycle Lasts All Month
A woman’s menstrual cycle is just that: a cycle. It’s not just a period once a month. It has different phases during which a woman’s body prepares to ovulate, and different hormones tell her body what to do.
Women Read Faces Easily
Women are often more empathetic than men and have the inclination to share their feelings more openly. In addition to that, because women have great memories, they log facial expressions and meanings into their memory banks. Over time, their brains make connections between those expressions and their meanings.
A Woman’s Body Does Amazing Things for Pregnancy...
A woman's body really shows how amazing it can be if she’s pregnant. For approximately nine months, a pregnant woman’s body changes to carry a child and prepares to deal with around 400 pounds of pressure per square inch during birth.
...And for Childbirth
Among other things, a woman's cervix has to spread enough to let the baby pass through during birth. You don’t need to be an expert to know that a newborn baby's head isn’t a tiny thing. Ten centimeters is considered fully dilated — meaning the cervical opening has expanded enough for the baby to be born — but babies are larger than that.
Women Feel More Amorous in Summer
Although it sounds kind of like an old wives’ tale, some people believe men are more interested in sex in the summer and women are more interested during winter. That’s not the case, though; women are just as interested in intercourse in the summer as men are.
Women Have an Incredible Sense of Smell
Women tend to pick up on scents much easier than men. A woman’s sense of smell increases during certain stages of her menstrual cycle and during pregnancy, too. It’s also common that women find men attractive based on how they smell.
Some Women Are Born With Double the Organs
Did you know that some women are born with two uteruses? Some are also born with an extra cervix or an entire extra vagina. This is the result of abnormal fetal development.
Women Listen With Both Sides of Their Brains
Some people say that men only listen halfway, and it looks like they may be right. The Indiana University School of Medicine conducted functional MRIs on a group of men and women. The point was to measure the differences in the two sexes' brain activity when listening to someone read.
Women Are More Rational
While we’re on the subject of differences in brains, it’s important to address rationale. Many people throughout history have suggested that women are more emotional and men are more rational. That’s been disproven.
Most Women Have Two Different Breast Sizes
If you’re a woman, have you ever looked in the mirror, noticed that one breast is smaller than the other and wondered how that happened? This is normal for women. In fact, it’s almost abnormal for a woman to have perfectly symmetrical breasts.
A Woman’s Uterus Is Super-elastic
A woman's uterus is actually quite small, averaging only a couple of inches in height and width. When a woman has her period, her uterus gets about 10% larger. By the end of a pregnancy, a woman’s uterus is the size of a watermelon.
A Woman’s Body Works on Different Circadian Rhythms
If it’s common for women to have more responsibilities than men, then it’s easy to assume that a woman gets tired earlier than a man due to all she has to take care of. But there seems to be another reason. It turns out that women run on a different body clock than men do.
Women’s Hearts Beat Faster
Women have smaller hearts than men do. On average, a woman's heart is only about two-thirds the size of a man's heart. A woman's heart weighs around 120 grams, and a man's heart weighs about 180 grams. Because women typically have smaller frames than men, this makes sense.
Women’s Eyes Blink More Often
Both men and women have estrogen in their bodies, but it plays a bigger role in women. It’s necessary for everything from puberty to pregnancy while strengthening bones and maintaining cholesterol levels. It also stimulates the production of natural lubricants for a woman’s eyes.
Women Have More Taste Buds
If you have both a man and a woman taste the same exact thing and ask them to describe what they taste, you might notice that the woman can describe it better. This has nothing to do with a woman's language abilities but everything to do with her mouth.
Women Tend to Live Longer
It's no secret that women tend to live longer than men, barring accidents and other outliers. There could be a number of reasons for this, some of which we’ve previously mentioned. Women seem to survive injuries and spring back from them more often than men.
Bras Can Affect a Woman’s Breast Health
Whoever invented bras must not have foreseen the issues they could cause. Lack of comfort aside, bras can actually hurt women’s breasts. First, wearing a bra weakens the muscles that hold them up. This leads to more sagging.
Women Tend to Feel More Anxiety
Women get anxious more often than men. Though managing the responsibilities a woman has is more than enough to cause anxiety, this is more of a chemical thing. Women have more progesterone, estradiol and cortisol, which are hormones that can play a role in anxiety.