Everyone has seen it. A guy takes a hard hit to the balls in sports and we all groan and think “Wow, I hope he had his cup on”. But what about women?
Certain sports present issues for both sexes
Consider martial arts. Kicking is not only encouraged, but it’s also required. Both sexes can (and do) get kicked accidentally. Same with sports like hockey, softball/baseball, and anything with a fast-moving puck or ball.
Research has shown that many female athletes do not use groin protection, know the options for it, or even if they need it. Women may feel “less exposed” than men, and therefore not at serious risk. In some sports, this is simply flat out wrong.
The vagina is very sensitive
Just like a man, a fast-moving puck, ball, foot or hand, can land in a woman's genital area. The vagina is very sensitive to impact, but there is one part of the female sexual anatomy that can cause as much or more pain than a man’s testicles.
Similar to the testicles on a male, The female clitoris is packed with nerves, roughly the same sensitivity as a man’s testicles, yet compacted into a very small surface area. The size of this area may be one reason women don’t think about the risk as much as men.
A Woman's cup is normally smaller
The female version of the “cup” is often called a “pelvic protector”, and some call them “jills” (as opposed to a man’s “jock”).
A Woman's cup is normally smaller in overall size, less deep, sometimes much more narrow since it’s protecting a smaller body area.
They might be less well known but equally important.Ben Thulen
Sports Injury Researcher, United States