Here's Why Women Are Always Colder Than Men, According to Science

It turns out there are several scientific reasons women are colder than men.

1. Women have a higher core body temperature than men. According to one study, while body temperature varies from person to person and day to day, research shows women’s body temperatures are consistently higher than men’s. Turns out when your body is used to being warm, colder air feels even colder.

2. Women on birth control have even higher core body temperatures. If you’re taking hormonal birth control, which affects female hormones, it can raise your body temperature, so you’re more sensitive to cold.

3. Women have colder extremities than men. If you feel like your hands and feet are always cold, science can prove it. A study from U.K. medical journal “The Lancet” found that women’s hands and feet are colder than men’s by a couple of degrees.

3. Women have slower metabolic rates than men. Metabolism is the rate you burn food to fuel the body and as a result of that process, your body heats up. And according to an article in the “Journal of Applied Physiology,” men have a metabolic rate that’s 23 percent higher than women’s, meaning men are warmer because their metabolisms are faster. That’s also why they can eat more ice cream than us without gaining weight.

5. Building temperatures are set according to male metabolic rates. Research published in the journal “Nature” shows most workplace thermostats are set based on a system developed in the 1960s that only takes into account men’s metabolic rates. Since men tend to be bigger and heavier than women, they're comfortable when it's cooler. Meanwhile, women freeze to death. RIP.

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