When it comes to going to the doctor, studies reveal men are more likely than women to put off or entirely avoid seeking professional healthcare. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, men tend to visit the doctor far less frequently than women. However, visiting your primary care physician is a proactive way to stay healthy and screen for serious conditions. Here are some of the top reasons men give for not going to the doctor. Have you heard or used these excuses before?
“I don’t have time.”
We all deal with busy work schedules. Meetings, deadlines, and obligations make it seem impossible to find spare time for the doctor. However, it’s necessary to consider your health as another non-negotiable task on your yearly calendar. The couple hours spent at your doctor’s office once or twice a year could end up saving your life.
“I’m not sick enough.”
Our society has conditioned men to suppress certain behaviors and emotions. For generations, admitting to feeling sick was seen as a “weakness,” and sick men were told to “tough it out.” But waiting until the last second to get help comes with dangerous consequences. With times changing, we can help reverse this stigma and promote the benefits of seeing a doctor. Being proactive about our health and getting professional help when ill can become the new norm for everyone, no matter their gender.
“I don’t want to know.”
Fear of the unknown can keep us from visiting our doctor. While it may feel more comfortable to shy away from a potential diagnosis, the result may be fatal. Be open to the advice of your doctor to avoid potential health crises. A patient’s willingness to accept his doctor’s recommendations can save his life.
If you find yourself or a loved one making any of the above excuses, you’re probably due for a checkup with your doctor. Schedule an appointment with your Baylor St. Luke's Medical Group primary care physician and catch up on essential screenings. With same or next-day appointments and online scheduling, it’s easier than ever to check a wellness exam off your to-do list. Staying proactive about your health and remaining confident in the care you receive when sick will give you peace of mind.
American Heart Association | The Top 10 Reasons Men Put Off Doctor Visits
Healthline | Embarrassed to Visit a Doctor? You're Not Alone
Everyday Health | Men and Doctors: Understanding the Disconnect
United States Census Bureau | Americans Visit Doctor Less Frequently