Ever since men and women first gathered around a fire together, they've debated the age-old question: does anything hurt worse than childbirth?
Men seem to think so. In fact some soccer fans insisted that seeing their team lose hurt just as badly as having a child.
Turning to the two groups of experts who would actually know - mothers and doctors - we learned that a surprising number of conditions give labor pains a run for their money.
As one doctor points out, there's no "exact equivalent to pushing a human being out of your vagina." But in terms of sheer pain, these 11 conditions are just as bad:
1. Cluster Headaches or Migraines
With a severe, throbbing pain that can last for hours, migraines and other forms of headaches are no joke.
Along with the sheer pain and annoyance, migraine patients also suffer through light sensitivity, touch sensitivity, nausea, and lightheadedness.
2. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Usually appearing after an injury or a surgery, CRPS is still not very well understood by doctors. What they do know is that it causes swelling, pain, and affects your skin and bones.
Doctors say that some cases are so severe patients have had their limbs amputated to stop the pain. And even treatments for the disease aren't very effective.
3. Kidney Stones
Along with the scraping pain that can last for months, patients living with these small pieces of calcium inside their kidneys can expect fevers, chills, nausea and vomiting.
While it's a very common condition, 16,000 people die from kidney stones around the world each year, so don't underestimate them.
4. Urinary Tract Infections
Yes, it sounds a little pedestrian, but if you've lived through a UTI you know it can be very serious. In some cases the infection causes sharp, burning pain throughout your entire abdomen.
A UTI can also spread to become a kidney or bladder infection, both of which are more difficult to treat.
5. Anorectal Abscess
Bear with us, because this is a little gross. If a pus-filled abscess develops within your anus, you'll be able to tell because of the excruciating pain.
Patients report barely being able to move or sit down with an abscess, and the cure is just as bad as the disease.
“The most excruciating thing EVER," one mother reported.
"I’ve had two children (one forceps after a 29-hour labor and a third degree tear) and nothing comes close to incision and drainage of them.”
6. Pudendal Neuralgia
Don't laugh - but this rare and serious condition is a real pain in the butt. It's caused when the pudendal nerve in your pelvis is pinched, creating intense pain, and causing you to lose control of your bowels and bladder.
It's apparently much worse for men, because it also gives them “insidious constant penis pain," according to a study.