Think your husband is a wimp when it comes to pain? It turns out that men and women actually feel pain differently. And it all depends on what is hurting and why.

According to a new study, men actually feel more pain sometimes than women. And depending upon the situation, sometimes the reverse is true.

A new Austrian study has found that men experience more pain after major surgery, while women feel more pain following minor procedures.

For the four-year study, researchers interviewed 10,000 men and women within 24 hours after surgery. Of the patients surveyed, 42 percent were men and 58 percent were women. The participants answered questions about their operation, the anesthesia they received and their level of pain.  

Researchers found that men were 27 percent more likely to have more moderate pain after major vascular and orthopedic surgery, while women were 34 percent more likely to report higher levels of pain after minor procedures, such as biopsies.

"The gender differences on pain perception are still heavily disputed, both in experimental and clinical fields. Our data do not definitely clarify this issue; however, based on our findings it can be presumed that the type (and severity) of surgery may play a pivotal role," the study authors, from the Medical University of Graz, Austria, wrote.

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