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Do Men Really Put off Seeing the Doctor More Frequently than Women?

Posted on July 20th, 2016 by Pacific Family Practice in Prevention, Primary Care

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If you ask primary care doctors who is more likely to put off a doctor’s visit, men or women, they will more often than not say that men tend to ignore symptoms and not discuss them with a doctor. Why is that? Is it because men are more likely to dislike the experience, or that they do not find it necessary to visit with a doctor until persuaded or until the situation becomes an emergency? In reality, there is more than one reason why men avoid going to their provider.

  1. “I’m not that sick.” “It doesn’t hurt that much.”
    Waiting out illness, discomfort or pain in the hope that it will go away with rest or over-the-counter (OTC) medication is common for both male and female patients. However, it’s the male patient who tends to wait as long as possible before scheduling a doctor’s appointment. We understand the temptation to try to heal yourself first, but this often does more harm than good. A provider can address your symptoms head on before they have a chance to worsen, and a provider can prescribe the appropriate treatment early. Avoiding the doctor is a reason that common colds turn into the full-blown flu, or pain from simple sprains or strains becomes chronic.

  2. “I don’t actually have a doctor.”
    Waiting to find a doctor near you in San Francisco until you need one can be stressful, especially if you are feeling unwell or are in pain or discomfort. The first step is to search for a practice that accepts your insurance. Pacific Family Practice understands that this is the last thing any patient wants to worry about, which is why we provided a full list of the insurance plans we work with here.

  3. “I don’t need or want to hear bad news.”
    Sometimes an illness isn’t as straightforward as a persistent cold -- it can be a symptom of an underlying or chronic health concern. However, you probably won’t feel better without treatment, and you won’t receive a proper diagnosis without first visiting your provider. Maybe you’ll need to undergo lifestyle changes like diet and exercise or cutting back on alcohol, or maybe additional tests will be needed. The first step toward better long-term health is seeking professional care.

Regardless of gender, avoiding the doctor is never beneficial, especially for your long-term health. Illnesses and injuries can escalate easily, and chronic conditions can change and evolve. It’s very important to not only have a doctor with whom you’re comfortable but one you can visit before a small health issue becomes a serious one. Schedule an appointment with Pacific Family Practice today.

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