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One of the most fascinating features of the female body is childbearing. But the fact that women can grow another human being inside of them is not the only thing that makes them so amazing. If you take a closer look at the female organism, you can find plenty of other interesting facts that women themselves may not even know about.
Bright Side put together 9 points that prove the female body is full of surprises both weird and wonderful.
9. One of the breasts is always bigger than the other.
No woman has absolutely symmetrical breasts. The difference in their size can either be invisible or quite noticeable, and there could be lots of reasons for this. For example, it could be a difference in the volume of breast tissue, the size or shape of the breast pocket, or even the elasticity of the skin on each breast. However, there’s nothing to worry about as it’s a totally natural and normal occurrence.
8. A woman’s body transforms drastically during childbirth.
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.
7. Women can handle pain better.
Women genuinely experience more pain than men — this is a well-known fact. But it’s not about how strong they are, it depends on how their brain works. Some studies show that women and men remember their past pain differently. While men are more stressed and hypersensitive when they think of the pain they’ve experienced before, women tend to forget about it faster. And in general, the threshold of pain in women is 9 times stronger than it is in men.
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.
6. Women are really good with words.
5. Women have greater muscle endurance.
Some studies show that women can do stamina-related exercise about 75% longer than men. The reason for that is hidden in their hormones — it’s believed that estrogen in women makes their muscles more resistant to fatigue.
4. Female skin is very sensitive.
Typically, women’s skin is 25% thinner than men’s skin which makes it a lot more sensitive to touch and other kinds of stimulation. Unfortunately, this feature has a negative side as well. Oversensitive skin makes women more prone to develop lines and wrinkles as they lose collagen from aging.
3. A woman’s mood depends on her hormones.
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.
2. Women go through adolescence twice.
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.
1. Women are experts at reading faces.
From the moment they’re born, women have the ability to read people’s faces, perfectly decoding their emotions and feelings. This helps them be more empathetic toward others and communicate with them better. Besides that, some studies show that women have a perfect memory of facial features.
Which of these facts surprised you most? Have you ever heard of other amazing things about the female body? Feel free to share your opinions in the comments!
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