Women better at coping with stress than men, says study

New research has found that women are better at coping with stress than men, according to indiatimes.com.

A study carried out by researchers at the University of Buffalo in the US claimed that women are more protected against stress, thanks to oestrogen. The research involved putting female rats under pressure to mimic human challenges, which usually result in emotions such as frustration for around one week. Results showed that the area of the brain which deals with stress wasn't impaired in the study, when females were subjected to repeated stress. There was also no effect on short-term memory. Previous studies by those at the university had found that impairment of the brain and short-term memory was evident in male rats which were put under repeated stress.

However, when male rates were exposed to greater levels of oestrogen, the team found they were more protected from the pressure of stress.

Talking about the findings, Dr Yan, a professor in the department of physiology and biophysics at the University of Buffalo, told dailymail.co.uk: "Previous studies have found that females are more resilient to chronic stress and now our research has found the reason why."

He added: "We have examined the molecular mechanism underlying gender-specific effects of stress.'

Those who feel like they are struggling with stress however, male or female, may want to visit their local GP. The doctor may be able to prescribe medication such as antidepressants to help, or could recommend a counselling course.

It is claimed by the researchers that if similar compounds are found to oestrogen, which don't cause any hormonal side effects, it may help as treatment for stress-related conditions.