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Men in China participate in childbirth simulation

Men In China Participate In Childbirth Simulation

In honor of Mother's Day, some men in Nanchang City, China were voluntarily hooked up to machines that simulated labor pains ... and their reactions were priceless. Here's ABC:

"Doctors wired 20 men in China to a machine that simulated the pain of childbirth by sending electric shocks to the abdomen for 30 seconds... hello, average labor 12-14 hours, just saying."

Yep ... those men don't look too comfortable.

According to The Huffington Post, the machines replicated childbirth pain on a scale of 50 to 500. One of the men who participated said: "I couldn't stand much of it all. I understand now why my wife screamed for drugs when she was giving birth."

Most of the men didn't even make it through the full 30-second simulation, and as "Good Morning America" anchor Amy Robach pointed out, labor typically lasts quite a bit longer than 30 seconds. One man, however, did what he could to withstand the machine's highest pain level.

According to the Daily Mail, Zhou Nan managed to make it to the 500 mark on the agony scale. "I am the father of triplets and wanted to understand the great pain my wife experienced when she was giving birth. It was horrible. I have nothing but deep admiration for all mothers after this ordeal."

But this isn't the first time men have tried to understand what birthing pains feel like.

In 2012, two Dutch men simulated labor for their show "Guinea Pigs." That didn't go well, either.

Actually, pretty much any time these labor simulations have been done, they've ended with men in the fetal position. After participating in a similar experiment in 2009, Dr. Andrew Rochford said in Bust Magazine:

"Men of the world, you have no idea. Leave it to the women. Forget the whole pain threshold debate. We have nothing. Women win. Men don't. The end."

That was after experiencing so-called labor pains for 3 hours. The organizer of the event in China said: 'This can help people realize how great mothers are.'

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johnclairowens May 13 2014 at 7:02 PM

Wait just a minute here. How do we know how intense childbirth pain is, as we indeed can never undergo actual childbirth ? Some women sail through it like it was next to nothing. And too, how long did any women last doing it the same way the men did? I'll believe this when and if men and women side by side undergo the same exact test.

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mdbass201 May 14 2014 at 8:44 AM

Kidney stones are worse than labor

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Meh... mdbass201 May 14 2014 at 8:57 AM

said someone who has never had labor cause I've had both, and I can tell you that although I expected labor to be the same as the kidney stone was.... it made the kidney stone feel like NOTHING.

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garlas May 14 2014 at 8:32 AM


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Meh... garlas May 14 2014 at 9:00 AM

done both, will take kidney stone (which took me over a month to pass) over labor ANY DAY HANDS DOWN.

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Kathy garlas May 14 2014 at 9:39 AM

Unless you have gone through, both, YOU have NO comparison.

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alamaden May 13 2014 at 8:54 PM

Really stupid...Whats next HP.... All black people love fried chicken more than white people because they are black??? Aol you are inciting bigotry by making a stupid remark when you generalize about women?... Get some reporters that arent bigots like your management!!!!!

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Donna May 14 2014 at 8:17 AM


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BIOPSC May 14 2014 at 8:12 AM

ROFL - where in a man’s brain are the motor and sensory nerve cells that control and coordinate a vagina and uterus – Oop’s - there are none - just as there no nerve cells in a women’s brain to control a penis or testicles - comparing abdominal muscles that both sexes have in no way compares to a vagina or uterus -- move on -- you can't compare body parts controlled in the brain for parts the different sexes do not have. When will people take biology and actually go to class, read the book and understand - we are different between the sexes and the sexes are different amongst themselves ------ ROFL what a circus show... what next –comparing how a dolphin breathes and uses sonar?

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b515 May 13 2014 at 9:04 PM

Give this test to all the young girls who are thinking of having sex.

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gnobie01 May 14 2014 at 7:54 AM

stupid...labor pains could never be scientifically replicated...totally subjective how people feel

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J. R. Gilbert May 14 2014 at 7:48 AM

What a ridiculous experiment. What does it prove?

It proves that whoever or whatever created women, did so with the purpose of childbirth in mind. What purpose would be served if men possessed the same ability?

The only thing that is proof here is that we are NOT created equally.

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ata689 J. R. Gilbert May 14 2014 at 8:24 AM

That is true---women are faaarrrrrrr superior.

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pkisiel May 14 2014 at 7:44 AM

No Arguments here, God Bless Them All

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