Do redheads have more pain during labor in your opinion?

  1. 0 I just read some research concerning pain and redheads.

    The Research Institute at the University of Loisville showed redheads had a lower pain threshold .

    However, research from McGill University said redheads responded better to pain relief treatments and had the highest pain threshold than other hair colors. (It has to do with Melanin and skin color)

    This interested me because I'm a redhead anxiously trying to become pregnant .

    What do you all think?
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  3. Visit  2ndCareerRN profile page
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    This interested me because I'm a redhead anxiously trying to become pregnant
    I just read some research concerning pain and redheads

    Getting pregnant is not supposed to cause pain. If I remember right, it should be reasonably pleasurable.


    But, more seriously, I have read the same thing over the last few years in a few different places. I am just not sure how the research was done. Afterall, pain is a very subjective matter.

    bob
  4. Visit  BarbPick profile page
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    I do not think any pregnant woman cares about hair color, give the meds.
    Last edit by canoehead on Jan 11, '04
  5. Visit  Mazzi profile page
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    I did not see that much difference in the pain level at time of labor but I did learn to watch mom very carefully after delivery if she was a red head because of bleed-out. I know it sound silly but red heads tend to bleed more after the delivery than others. (and I'm talking about a natural redhead)
  6. Visit  fergus51 profile page
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    No, I have not seen any correlation between hair colour and amount of pain.
  7. Visit  sbic56 profile page
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    Originally posted by Mazzi
    I did not see that much difference in the pain level at time of labor but I did learn to watch mom very carefully after delivery if she was a red head because of bleed-out. I know it sound silly but red heads tend to bleed more after the delivery than others. (and I'm talking about a natural redhead)
    I was just thinking of that redhead bleeder theory when I saw your post. No studies, I don't think on it, but it seems to be so! I used to know a midwife who wanted the nurse to have the methergine or hemabate in their pocket just to be ready.

    I had heard about the pain perception theory with redheads, but can't say I have noticed any difference, either.
  8. Visit  becca.utns profile page
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    In response to Barbpick's post
    Okay....
    Just pondering some research because I am a student. Some people like to know about research so they can learn and grow (IMO).
    "Just give the med and shut up"...uh... that's not the type of nurse I want to become!
    But thank you for your interesting insight...
    Last edit by becca.utns on Jan 11, '04
  9. Visit  LilRedRN1973 profile page
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    There is a correlation between redheads and their pain tolerance. Redheads need more pain medication than other hair colors. The study came out in the past 2 years. I now don't feel so bad when I scream bloody murder when stubbing my toe...there is scientific evidence for my response!!!! :chuckle
  10. Visit  NurseMegA profile page
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    I have never heard of the pain theory with redheads nor have I seen a difference. I have heard of the bleeding one in relation to red heads and fully agree with it. I have seen many redheads with a Post partum Hemmorage
  11. Visit  sbic56 profile page
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    Originally posted by RNnTraining1973
    There is a correlation between redheads and their pain tolerance. Redheads need more pain medication than other hair colors. The study came out in the past 2 years. I now don't feel so bad when I scream bloody murder when stubbing my toe...there is scientific evidence for my response!!!! :chuckle
    Looking at ya, you oughta know!!:chuckle BTW, I love your red hair!
  12. Visit  L&D_RN_OH profile page
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    Originally posted by becca.utns
    The Research Institute at the University of Loisville showed redheads had a lower pain threshold .

    However, research from McGill University said redheads responded better to pain relief treatments and had the highest pain threshold than other hair colors.
    I read the second study. I am a natural redhead and always considered my labors fairly mild compared to the reactions of some pts I have dealt with. Now, after reading that, I'm not sure if my labors are mild or I just have a higher pain tolerance. I haven't really been on the lookout for redheads and pain tolerance though. I do keep an eye on the bleeding, although that has not been actually proven.
  13. Visit  fourbirds4me profile page
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    I haven't noticed a difference in pain tolerance... but like the others keep methergine on hand because red-heads are notorious bleeders.
  14. Visit  Fgr8Out profile page
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    Originally posted by becca.utns
    In response to Barbpick's post
    Okay....
    Just pondering some research because I am a student. Some people like to know about research so they can learn and grow (IMO).
    "Just give the med and shut up"...uh... that's not the type of nurse I want to become!
    But thank you for your interesting insight...

    Maybe it's just me but... I "think" Barb was being facetious.... She DEFINITELY didn't say "shut up" Her point was more likely... *if in fact, redheads DO have more pain... then their medication requirements might be higher... so give em the meds they require in order to control their pain*. (Forgive me for speaking for ya Barb)

    Thanks for the information, becca... looks like I'll be doing some reading on this.


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