Why do women feel the cold more than men?

Brrr, turn up the heat! Women tend to be more sensitive to temperature than men. 

18th March 2017
Why do women feel the cold more than men? (Getty)

Asked by: Alan Healy, France

Partly this is because, for a given bodyweight, women tend to have less muscle tissue to generate heat.

But the hormone oestrogen also has a big impact because it has the side effect of thickening the blood slightly. This reduces blood flow to the tiny capillaries supplying the extremities.

A 1998 study at the University of Utah found that this can mean women have hands, feet and ears that are 3°C colder than a man’s.

 


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