12:50 | 31/08/2021 Print
Did you know that the expression “men are from Mars, women are from Venus” may actually hold some weight?
For example, some studies have shown that women have a perfect memory for facial features.
While childbearing is perhaps the most fascinating feat of the female body, there are plenty of other things that make the female body quite remarkable.
Remembering the faces of people you have just met may be a challenge for many, but it may be apparently less so for women in general. Women have been found to be stronger in memory skills than men, as suggested in studies where they outdid men in memory tests. Their superior memory skills are not just limited to remembering things, like items on a list, but also faces of people as well. Other studies have found that women can remember faces better than men, as they unconsciously spend more time studying features of new faces.
Another likely reason for women’s longer life expectancy could be the fact that they have higher chances of surviving injury and trauma. Researchers, in studying data on patients who arrived at hospitals with traumatic injuries, found that women in the age range of 13 – 64 were significantly more likely to survive. Again, the key to this advantage may lie in the higher levels of female sex hormones in women, which may have an enhancing effect on the immune system.
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Have you ever noticed that when men turn around they turn their whole bodies, but women turn only their heads? This is because women have more flexible necks. Women have a much more elastic muscle structure in general.
This does however mean that women are more prone to neck pain than men.
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While men usually have the upper-hand when it comes to strength, it may be surprising to many that women may actually have better muscle endurance than men do. Research has shown that in stamina-related exercises, women were able to exercise for about 75% longer than men could. It is suggested that the presence of oestrogen in women makes their muscles more resistant to fatigue, and that women have more efficient metabolism within their muscles as compared to men.
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It is commonly known that women live longer than men, and this could be very well due to the fact that the female body may be better at fighting off infections than the male body. Studies suggest that the female sex hormone oestrogen plays a part in this, by curbing the expression of an enzyme that hinders the body’s defence system against bacteria and viruses. Researchers are not exactly sure why, but one probable explanation is that a stronger immune system developed over time because of the woman’s main role in giving birth and caring for her offspring.
As Charles Wysocki, a behavioral neuroscientist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, observed in his study, “It is quite difficult to block a woman’s awareness of body odor. In contrast, it seems rather easy to do so in men.”
The researchers think women are more attuned to underarm body odor because the biological data it contains helps them choose a potential partner. Well, it certainly beats Tinder.
Giving birth to a child is really tough work — any woman can confirm this. Besides experiencing terrible pain, a woman's body usually goes through a lot of different changes. One of them is cervix dilation.
During labor, the cervix changes from a tightly closed entrance to a fully open exit for the baby. To be ready for pushing out a child, it needs to fully dilate to 10 cm which is actually the size of a bagel. But these 10 cm only represent the pushing point — the cervix can continue to expand to accommodate the baby's head.
Women have a larger “color vocabulary” compared to men, according to research by Israel Abramov of CUNY’s Brooklyn College. Abramov asked men and women to break down the hue of a color and to assign a percentage to the categories of red, yellow, green and blue.
The results showed that women were better at distinguishing between subtle gradations than men were. This sensitivity was most evident in the middle of the color spectrum. Women were better able to distinguish tiny differences between colors that looked identical to men.
Breast asymmetry is very common and affects more than half of all women. The old wives tale is that: the left breast is always larger because it’s positioned over the heart and therefore more blood flows through it. But the real reason is simply genetics.
The reason for this “size differential” isn’t clear — it may be because women have more breast tissue cells on one side, or the cells may be more sensitive to the effects of the hormone estrogen, which causes breast tissue cells to grow.
Though the reasons aren’t clear it is totally normal to have different sized breasts.
Adolescence doesn’t meant the end of bodily changes for women. Acne, period cramps and the peak of metabolism all occur during women’s 20s. Not only that but the body can become curvier and cellulite can start developing.
The 20s is a non-stop emotional and physical development ride, but this all settles down in women’s 30s and beyond. Well that is until peri-menopause…
When it comes to expressing oneself, nobody can compare to women. Turns out, there's even an anatomical explanation for this phenomenon: women have larger frontal and temporal areas of the cortex, a brain region that is thought to influence language skills.
Women also have higher levels of FOXP2, also known as the "language protein". This great amount of protein helps an average woman speak about 20,000 words a day which is 13,000 words more than the average man speaks.
Most women know all about the symptoms of PMS. However, not every woman notices that her body is affected by her cycle every day of the month. As hormone levels are constantly changing in her brain and body, they also change her outlook, levels of energy, and sensitivity.
For example, women often feel sassier about 10 days after the beginning of their period and right before ovulation. During these days, they try to dress sexier in order to look more attractive to potential partners. A week later, when there's a rise in their progesterone levels, women tend to stay at home with a hot cup of tea and cuddle in bed with their loved ones.
The next week, they usually feel weepy and easily irritated. And, of course, their mood turns to its worst point 12-24 hours before their period starts.
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The second period of adolescence for women, or perimenopause, happens in their 40s. It's usually characterized by irregular periods, night sweats, and other not-so-pleasant things caused by changes in their hormone levels. A woman's hormones during this transition can be so crazy that she might even behave as moody as a teenager.
Dr Ragini Verma, PhD, an associate professor in the department of Radiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and colleagues found that women’s brains are more interconnected than men’s.
This means that women are faster at making social connections and can adapt to routine more easily. But then we knew that, didn’t we?
And evolution is the reason here. Women are hypersensitive to sounds during sleep so that new mothers can hear and respond to crying babies. Women are most sensitive to high pitched noises in particular.
This does sadly mean that women are more likely to suffer from sleep disorders. Earplugs are your friends here, ladies.
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