Cigarette smoking, stress-induced analgesia and pain perception in men and women

  • Girdler S
  • Maixner W
  • Naftel H
 et al. 
  • 56


    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 108


    Citations of this article.


This study examined gender differences in smoking-related analgesia and stress-induced analgesia (SIA), as a function of pain modality. Forty men (20 smokers, 20 nonsmokers) and 37 women (17 smokers) were tested twice for pain sensitivity to tourniquet ischemia, thermal heat, and cold pressor tests; once following mental stress and once following rest control, counterbalancing order. Cardiovascular and neuroendocrine responses to mental stress were also examined. While expected gender differences in pain sensitivity were observed, women smokers had greater threshold and tolerance times to ischemic pain than women nonsmokers (P

Author-supplied keywords

  • Gender
  • Pain sensitivity
  • Smoking
  • Stress-induced analgesia

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document


  • Susan S. Girdler

  • William Maixner

  • Herman A. Naftel

  • Paul W. Stewart

  • Rebecca L. Moretz

  • Kathleen C. Light

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free