Why does being female make a difference? - we don't exactly know. There might be a difference in the way that the immune system interacts with the pain signalling system. Latest research here.

What makes it even more confusing is that women generally have a higher pain threshold than men - imagine if men had to have babies!  

Still - it makes it even more important to know what to do.

While we believe that the advice on this website is accurate and based on expert medical opinion you should always consult your healthcare professional on any matter related to your health and well being. He or she knows your circumstances best and therefore the appropriate action to take on your behalf.