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Hot Dish: Can Men Take Child Birth?

Two male tv hosts simulate child birth, can they take the pain?

Dutch television hosts Dennis Storm and Valerio Zeno have done some pretty wild things for their show "Guinea Pigs." (In 2011, they ate each other's flesh in front of a live audience.) But the duo's latest escapade had them yelling and clutching their abdomens in agony when they opted to experience simulated labor contractions.

In a video clip from the show, Storm and Zeno reveal why they took on this particular challenge, explaining that giving birth is the worst pain there is. However, since men can't feel labor pains, the two men used electro-stimulations to simulate contractions so they could experience the distress for themselves.

"Do you think the pain will make us scream," Zeno asks before the shocks begin.

One of the nurses responds bluntly: "Yes, it definitely will."

She wasn't lying.

Propped on a bed with electrodes attached to their abdomens, Storm and Zeno last through two hours of the simulated contractions. Though they try to laugh through the strain, the men appear to be in complete misery as they double over and clutch pillows tightly.

While the time span of the simulation was much shorter than many instances of real-life labor, Storm and Zeno appeared to get the full experience. In the end, Zeno sums up the challenge as torture and wonders if he wants his wife to go through the same pain.

This isn't the first time a male TV show host has tested his pain threshold by experiencing faux labor pains.

In 2009, Dr. Andrew Rochford went through the entire childbirth experience during a similar simulation for Australian TV show "What's Good For You."

After more than two hours of contractions, Rochford started using some choice words, explaining that he could now "understand why women swear.


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