There’s a long standing myth online that a person can only take 45 DEL units of pain. The claim continues to say that women experience 57 DEL while in child birth, but men can feel over 9,000 DEL when kicked in the balls.

Of course, the fact that DEL doesn’t even exist as a unit of measure didn’t stop this old (or new) wive’s tale from spreading. 

But seriously, which is worse, getting kicked in the balls or going through child birth?

To properly evaluate the question, Asap SCIENCE says we must first have a firm understanding of what pain is in the first place.