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Rare Gene Could Be Why Some Women Have Less Childbirth Pain, Say Scientists

Women who do not require pain relief during childbirth might have a rare genetic variant, according to scientists.

Researchers at the University of Cambridge found that the variant plays a role in reducing the ability of nerve cells to send pain signals to the brain.

Around one in 100 women are thought to carry the gene KCNG4, which acts "like a natural epidural" to reduce the amount of pain experienced during childbirth.

Scientists believe their findings could help them understand more about "how we experience pain and develop new drugs to treat it".

The researchers studied a ...