Just in case you ever doubted it, being a woman is completely awesome. Beyond the obviously amazing things — like the fact that you can grow another human inside of you — there are plenty of shocking facts about the female body that prove just how amazing it is. And thanks to modern technology and sheer creativity, many of the setbacks we may have experienced over the years (i.e. not being able to pee while standing up) are now moot points.
Your body is a temple of wonder, and surpasses the abilities of a male body in so many ways. Women can produce life and then feed the life that they produced, all within the confines of their own bodies. (Yes, you'll need the help of a male to create that life, but remember that your body is the one doing incredible things, and growing that life inside of your own skin and bones while carrying it to term.) But what else can the female body do that doesn't have to do with reproduction? Women are not just baby factories, y'all. On pretty much every level, women's bodies show up those of their male counterparts. From memory, to flexibility, to multitasking, ladies have got it going on.
1. The Clitoris Grows Over The Years
Did you know that your clitoris actually grows as you get older? After menopause, the clitoris can become 2.5 times larger than it was during your teenage years, and 7 times larger than it was at birth. Dr. Shelly Persad also states that the clitoris doesn't age. No matter how much wear and tear your clitoris may experience over the years, it retains all of its pleasure capacity.
2. You Have A Better Memory
Have you ever wondered why you remember things so much better than your male partner? Studies show that women have better cognitive memory than men do. The Telegraph reported that a study done in 2010 at the University of London found that middle-aged women were able to recall words more easily than men. And in June 2013, Science Daily reported on a study done by McMaster University that women were better than remembering faces than men.
3. Your Sense Of Smell Is Crazy
Women have been shown to have a stronger sense of smell than men. The sense of smell becomes even stronger just before or during ovulation, Dr. Oz told Oprah.
4. You Live Longer
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women live about five years longer than men. Scientists believe that a lot of it has to do with women engaging in healthier behaviors than men over the years. A recent study by McGill University also believe that women's bodies fight off infection and disease in a better manner than men's bodies do.
5. You Use Both Sides Of Your Brain
6. You're Programmed To Cry
Women are actually built to cry more often than men. This is due to the fact that at a cellular level, women's tear glands are anatomically different than those of men. According to William H. Frey II, author of Crying: The Mystery of Tears, adult women cry 5.3 times a month, whereas adult men only cry about 1.4 times. In an interview with the LA Times, Frey explained the role that prolactin plays in the production of tears, and that women have 50 to 60 percent higher levels of prolactin in their bloodstream than men do.
7. You Have An Organ Dedicated Solely To Pleasure
9. Your Heart Beats Faster
The female heart is programmed to beat faster than a male heart. This is because women's hearts are often smaller, and pump less blood with each beat. In order to keep up the heart's output, women's hearts beat faster. Livestrong reports that en average 70 to 72 beats per minute, where women average between 78 and 82 beats per minute.
10. You're More Flexible
Because male and female bodies are built differently, females are more flexible. Due to the fact that female muscles and tendons contain more elastin, it makes stretching a lot easier on your bodies. Livestrong also attributes flexible joints and a wider female pelvis in the ability to gain a larger range of motion.
11. You're Better At Multitasking
It's not a coincidence, your brain is functioning to help you multitask better than the men in your office. A study by the Journal of Neuroscience shows that the corpus callosum in the female brain is larger, which is what allows women to multitask more effectively.
12. You Can Taste Things Better
You're getting more out of your tongue, and that's a fact. A study done by Yale University showed that there are more taste buds on a female tongue. Health reported that this is why women often have more sensitive palates than men.
13. You've Got Two Brain Centers
Two brain centers are responsible for female speech, which is why women are able to hear about twice as many sounds as men are. In an interview with ABC, Dr. Charles Limb, an associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine said, "Men have overall worse hearing than women as they age."
In that same interview, Dr. Paul Breslin, a professor of nutrition at Rutgers University, said that "in general, women seem to have a slight edge up on men in terms of abilities." For all of these reasons and more, the female body is a truly incredible system to live in.