A new survey shows some men would rather do household chores than see their doctor about health conditions like erectile dysfunction. And if they do step inside a clinic they may withhold important information.  

The survey was performed by the Cleveland Clinic in the hope of shedding new light on men’s attitudes to health1. And the results were surprising.

Of the 1,174  men aged 18 years and older who responded, the study showed…

  • Around 65% said they avoided going to the doctor as long as possible if they have a health symptom or injury.
  • 72% said they would rather be doing household chores like cleaning the bathroom.
  • 77% of those married or in a relationship would rather go shopping with their partner.
  • 20% said they were not completely honest with their doctor about their health.
  • 46% said they’re most uncomfortable talking about ‘below the belt’ issues like erectile dysfunction.

It’s believed the reasons men have such a tough time seeing their doctor is due to factors such as denial (we convince ourselves our condition will improve on its own), fear (we worry about a bad diagnosis or a bad outcome) and vulnerability (we need to appear capable of handling anything). This attitude is particularly problematic when dealing with sensitive issues like erectile dysfunction (ED), a common condition that often results from serious underlying health issues like heart disease, high cholesterol or diabetes.

That’s why it’s so important to see your doctor or prescribing pharmacist early about any health issue causing concern, ED or otherwise. You’ll get a better idea what’s going on and how to treat it and that’ll mean more peace of mind for you and your family.

So make the appointment and maybe leave the ‘tough guy’ persona at the door. A quick check up can’t be worse than cleaning toilets can it??