According to some scientists, females are generally more resilient when responding to stress and now researchers from University of Buffalo claim they have found explanation.
“We have examined the molecular mechanism underlying gender-specific effects of stress,” says senior author Zhen Yan, PhD, a professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “Previous studies have found that females are more resilient to chronic stress, and now our research has found the reason why.”
Researchers suggest that female hormone estrogen is responsible for this quite useful quality. The confusing part though is that the “proof” is all about rats, as usual.
In this study male and female rats were exposed to one week of physical restraint stress and female rats seemed to cope much better than male rats. Unlike male rats whose memory was impaired, female rats could remember and recognize objects they have seen previously.
I am not a researcher and all I have is my life experience but I certainly fail to see that females are more resilient than males, even if we talk only in general terms. Another thing I am sure about is that I am definitely not a rat.