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Why are women more sensitive to the cold?
There are several scientifically proven reasons why women freeze more often and more than men.
Women often have problems with being excessively cold. But what triggers this increased sensitivity to cold? There are actually several reasons why women are more susceptible to cold.
Different perceived temperature between women and men
It is not unusual for women to freeze at work, for example, even though their male colleagues find the temperature comfortable. Affected women need not worry, there are various scientifically proven reasons for the difference in perceived temperature.
Women have higher core body temperatures than men
A study by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, published in the English-language journal "JAMA Network", found that while body temperature varies from person to person and day to day, the core body temperature of women is consistently higher than that of men. As a result, women's bodies are used to higher temperatures, which means that colder temperatures simply feel colder for women.
Birth control pills raise the body's core temperature
When women use hormonal contraception, it increases the body's core temperature, even though many women are not aware of it. The influence of the pill on female hormones makes women even more susceptible to cold, according to a study by the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School.
Women have colder extremities than men
Women often report ice-cold hands and feet. According to a study published in the specialist journal “The Lancet”, the hands and feet of women are a few degrees colder than those of men. If our feet and hands feel cold, it is very likely that our entire body will feel cold too.
Women have a slower metabolism than men
An article published in the Journal of Applied Physiology indicates that men have about 23 percent more active metabolism than women. Our metabolism determines the speed at which food is burned, and as a by-product of this process, the body warms up.
Building temperatures are determined based on the male metabolic rate
The setting of most thermostats at our workplaces also seems to be based on a model developed in the 1960s that only takes male metabolism rates into account, at least one article reports in the English-language journal "Nature".
Explain to men why you are cold
If you as a woman suffer from low temperatures in the future, you should now have enough arguments that should convince men that you are cold and the heating should be turned on. (as)
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- Baker FC, Mitchell D, Driver HS .: Oral contraceptives alter sleep and raise body temperature in young women., University of the Witwatersrand Medical School, University of the Witwatersrand Medical School
- Han Kim, Clark Richardson, Jeanette Roberts, Lisa Gren, Joseph L Lyon: Cold hands, warm heart, in The Lancet (query: 02.12.2019), The Lancet
- P. J. Arciero, M. I. Goran, E. T. Poehlman: Resting metabolic rate is lower in women than in men, in Journal of Applied Physiology (Query: 02.12.2019), Journal of Applied Physiology
- Boris Kingma, Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt: Energy consumption in buildings and female thermal demand, in Nature (query: 02.12.2019), Nature