Volunteers in Nanchang City, in south China's Jiangxi province, were hooked up to machines that provided them with a painful taste of what women go through in labour - and without the beautiful baby at the end.
The men went on a local TV show to experience 10 levels of pain with an agony scale from 50 to 500.
Electric shocks were sent into the abdomen of the male volunteers - including British singer Iain Inglis, 31, who lives and works in China - who gave up when the pain-o-meter hit 100.
He said: "It was too much for me. The pain was terrible!"
Another man, Lee Hao, said: "This was incredible. I couldn't stand much of it all. I understand now why my wife screamed for drugs when she was giving birth."
A braver chap, Zhou Nan, successfully stuck to the end and hit the 500 mark.
He said: "I am the father of triplets and wanted to understand the great pain my wife experienced when she was giving birth.
"It was horrible. I have nothing but deep admiration for all mothers after this ordeal."
The simulated pain in the show lasted for a maximum of 30 seconds but women often have to endure it for hours or even days.
The event organiser added: "This can help people realise how great mothers are."
Of course, childbirth IS painful, but it's nothing compared to the pain suffered by fans of a relegated team. Click here to see what we mean (only joking!).
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