Why aren’t men seeking help for their health problems?
Men are more reluctant than women to seek help for their medical and health problems, and it’s putting them at risk.
One of the reasons for this is cultural. We have an idea of masculinity that involves men being strong, brave, touch, and self-reliant. Boys learn early on that they need to act tough so they can be respected as a man.
This can have a huge impact on a man’s physical and mental health. Men are less likely to seek preventative care. And when they experience illness or injury, they’re more likely to delay care.
When men don’t visit the doctor or are not honest with their doctors, they can miss early indicators of cancer, heart disease, and other serious issues.
And it’s not just serious health issues that men are risking. Men are less likely to seek help for more embarrassing issues around body confidence, erectile dysfunction, bowel problems, and more (you can check out some more info around this here).
While most women won’t hesitate to go to the doctor if they feel the need, men often try to deal with their health problems by themselves. They won’t talk to anyone about them. And they’re more likely to try to use the internet to find a “cure” than they are to see a doctor.
Many men don’t even go to a pharmacy to get treatment and advice for minor health problems like sore throats, flu, skin conditions, and sore throats.
Another reason why women are more likely to discuss their health problems? They’re regularly seeing the doctor to deal with contraception and taking babies and children in. This ensures that they’re used to being open and honest with medical professionals and are more likely to ask for advice or talk about their problems.
Research has found that men are likely to leave symptoms of prostate cancer untreated for up to 4 years. The same is true for testicular cancer, which can need chemotherapy when not treated early which can lead to infertility.
So what can our communities do to solve this problem? To start, it’s about teaching young boys that they need to regularly go to the doctor for a checkup and to talk about their health problems. Some studies have found that men are more likely to be open with a female doctor, so if you’re concerned about opening up to another male, this could be a good solution.