Us women can do INCREDIBLE things. I mean, our bodies were built for giving birth which is like running the hardest and most painful (yet most rewarding) marathon ever. Our feminine curves are applauded by the masses, but not only are women's bodies beautiful, they are also strong and capable of amazing things on top of childbirth! With as many technological and medical advancements that have been made in the last few hundred years, it is not surprising we have learned a lot about the human body. With that said, there are still a lot of things yet undiscovered, and even more things you may never know if you aren't a doctor.
It's important to know and understand our bodies so we can take care of it to the best of our ability. By taking our health into our own hands, we can make better decisions for our health and our future and help ensure we have long and healthy lives. You might be thinking you know your body inside and out, but there's likely many things you have never heard about the female body that will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about yourself. If you have ever doubted just how incredible the female body is, you won't once you read these 12 facts about the female body!
15 We Really Listen
Women are often touted as better listeners than men, and this might actually go beyond the conception that women are more sensitive to other people's feeling. In fact, researchers found some very fascinating evidence to support this theory when they recorded the brain activity of men and women as they listened to an excerpt of a book being read aloud. Men were found to have the majority of their brain activity on the left side, which was as to be expected because that area is associated with hearing and speech. Women were also shown to have left brain activity, but they had additional activity on the right side, which is related to creativity and expressiveness.
14 Dental Health and Body Changes
You likely don't associate dental issues with where you are in your menstrual cycle, but there is substantial evidence that says you should. Ideally, your dental appointments will be scheduled some time between day 23 and 28 of your cycle, as that is when estrogen is the lowest and your gums are less likely to swell or be prone to gingivitis. If you are having a tooth pulled, the timing is especially important! Higher levels of estrogen are associated with dry sockets, a painful condition where a blood clot protecting the nerve and bone in a socket where a tooth was pulled dislodges resulting in incredible pain and sometimes infection!
13 Creepy Crawlies
Arachnophobia, or the fear of spiders, is one of the most common phobias in the general population. Most of us don't love finding an eight-legged friend inside of our home, but according to some research, women may truly be more frightened of spiders than men - and it isn't because women are dramatic. When 11-month old babies were shown alternating pictures of human faces and spiders and then had their reactions judged, it was discovered that female babies focused on the less-threatening images much more than the male babies. Researchers interpreted this to mean women have likely evolved to be more fearful of threatening species because it was their job to protect their offspring while the men were off hunting and gathering.
12 Guts and Glory
It's not the most glamorous of topics, but understanding your internal organs is important, and there is a lot you probably don't know about them. For starters, while most of the gastric plumbing in men and women is the same, women have a slightly longer lower colon. Because women also have all of their reproductive organs that take up a lot more room than a man's do, this means there is a lot more compression on a woman's colon than on a man's. It also means that women are more likely to experience gastric distress because their colon has less room to expand to accommodate gas.
11 Seeing Red
If you've ever asked a man and woman to each describe the same reddish-orange looking object, you may have noticed the woman was able to say a lot more about the color of it, whereas the man would likely describe it in more simple terms. The ability to decipher the difference between the color red and the color green is only found on the X chromosome, and women have the XX chromosome, while men have XY. With more Xs to play with, some 40% of women have an X chromosome mutation that results in an increased ability to see more color hues and decipher between them. It isn't entirely clear why this happens, but the most likely reason is it helped women interpret the difference between certain shrubbery, insects, and berries.
10 Identifying Smells
It turns out both women and men have about the same abilities when it comes to the sense of smell, but women of child-bearing age seem to have men beat in the identification of smells! Women of this age can pick up scents at lower concentrations than men, and still identify them correctly. Scientists suspect this ability has to do with hormones since this difference is only seen in women of child-bearing age. Scientists have also discovered that a woman can tell when their partner, any sometimes anyone else, has had a bad day just by getting a whiff of their shirt!
9 What Do We Have in Common with Sharks?
What do your lady bits have in common with a shark? If this topic sounds like the beginning of a joke to which the answer is something along the lines of "they both have teeth," prepare to be disappointed! What our situation and sharks truly do have in common is they both produce a lubricating substance known as squalene. A woman's body naturally lubricates itself, and this lubrication concoction consists of things like proteins, amino acids, and urea, along with squalene. Squalene is also extracted from shark liver and is used in vaccines, and some skin care products because it acts as an emollient. Now you'll have a great ice-breaker if you ever come face to face with a shark!
8 Are We Really Light-Weights?
The difference in a man and a woman's ability to consume alcohol is usually thought to come down to their size difference, but in truth, there are far more scientific reasons for women not being able to drink as much as men without experiencing nasty side-effects. Women have less of a stomach enzyme that breaks down ethanol, so the entire process takes longer and results in a higher blood-alcohol level. Female bodies also have less water than men's, so women are more likely to experience dry mouth and headaches the morning after they hit the bottle.
7 A Pain in the Neck
Men are usually credited with being the tougher sex when it comes to handling pain, but this title is most often given BY men, TO men. Women go through one of, if not the most painful experiences known to humankind: childbirth, so it isn't fair to say men are tougher than women until they can do the same. As it turns out, women ARE more likely to say they are in pain or suffering, but this is likely due to hormones, and not weakness. When a woman's estrogen levels are low, including after she gives birth, her body's natural painkilling system is compromised, and she is more likely to feel pain more intensely.
6 Cry Babies
Another female "stereotype" to explore is that of the belief that women cry more than men. This is actually likely true, but it need not be looked down upon, because not only is crying not a sign of weakness by any means, it also has proven biological and scientific reasons for occurring more commonly in women than in men. Scientists have noted that female tear ducts are smaller than men's, which means their tears are more likely to spill over quicker than a man's would. Furthermore, women produce much more prolactin, a hormone responsible for regulating the tear ducts and producing tears, than men do.
5 Your Baby and Your Breastmilk
Babies grow inside of their mothers for months, and during that time, a woman's body does so many things to accommodate the growing fetus, but the hard work doesn't stop once the baby is earthside. Breastmilk is responsible for nourishing your offspring and assuring they have every resource they need to grow and thrive, but there is even more to it than that. When a mother is sick, her body creates antibodies that are passed to their baby through the breastmilk. These antibodies help protect the infant from certain germs and diseases. The fact this is something the body does on its own just goes to show how incredible women's bodies really are!
4 What Makes Our Girls Special
Most people would assume that primates, being as genetically similar to humans as they are, would have similarly functioning organs. This is true in most cases, but of all primates, human women are the only ones to actually KEEP the breasts they grow. Any other primate will grow breasts when they need to feed their young, but a primate that isn't nursing won't have them. Women experience fluctuations in breast size due to their menstrual cycle, weight changes, and other hormonal factors, but they never completely go away the way they do in other primates, which is just one more reason to love your womanly body!
3 Our Brains on Food
You've probably tasted something so delicious that you decided it was better than, or just as good as intimacy, and it turns out you were probably right: the parts of our brain that are aroused by nookie, also get aroused by food! When you think of the basics of getting down and dirty, and food, this actually makes a lot of sense. Both intimacy and food are basic human needs, necessary for survival and furthering the human race, so our instinct to seek out both is natural. The sight of a food we love, or a person we're attracted to can trigger the same feelings within us, and the repulsion we feel by a food we hate or a person we're very non-attracted to is also the same. Similarly, just as we use senses like touch, taste, and smell to enjoy our food, the very same sense are a big part of intimacy as well.
2 Double Trouble
Most women are born with just one uterus and one lower lady bit, but in rare cases, some women are born with two of each. When a fetus is forming, the uterus begins to form from two small tubes that eventually join together, but sometimes these tubes don't finish forming together, and a woman can be left with two separate reproductive structures. This can also mean a women will have a single uterus with two cervixes leading to it, or two cervixes leading to the same uterus. Sometimes it results in a thin layer of tissue dividing the vagina in two. Luckily, women born with this condition can still have successful pregnancies and it doesn't tend to cause other health issues.
1 Our Symptoms Can Differ from Men's
Both men and women suffer heart attacks, but the symptoms associated with men's heart attacks and the image of a man clutching his chest are often very different from the symptoms women have. Because of these preconceived notions of what heart attack symptoms could be, many women fail to get help or treatment for their heart attack because it doesn't seem to fit the usual profile. While women can feel the typical chest squeezing or tightening feeling, they are also more likely than men to experience jaw, neck, or back pain when they're having a heart attack. Women are also more likely to experience nausea when they're having a heart attack. Because these symptoms can range so much and don't occur by the heart, many women fail to realize what is going on in time.