A Guy’s Top Fears of Going to the Doctor
Are you (or do you know) a guy that has a fear of going to the doctor? You may have no good justification for this fear, or you may be absolutely terrified that regardless of your reason for going you will end up getting stuck with a needle. So what might be some of the reasons for this fear – whether rational or irrational? And how can you overcome those fears? Here's a look at why guys simply don’t like the doc’s office.
It might seem odd, but often the only way guys (with this kind of fear) will go to the doctor is if their female counterparts or mothers push them into it. And sometimes even then they won’t go.
Maybe it will help to break down some of the reasons why guys simply don’t like the doc.
You may have thought this to yourself before: “If I don’t go, I won’t hear the bad news.” Of course, that’s certainly one way to go about it, but it’s quite unhealthy and can lead to worse news later.
“But I’m perfectly healthy!” While this may be true, it’s still important for men to become educated and aware of maintaining a connection with their bodies, as well as developing a healthy relationship with a doctor. This is important even if they are not sick simply because of the fact that it will motivate them to take better care of themselves in the long run.
The Waiting Game
A lot of men wait until something is very seriously wrong and sometimes it is too late to treat and reverse the illness. Additionally, it is very difficult to have an open dialogue if one is being wheeled into the ER or rushed to have emergency surgery.
No Fear (except of the doctor)
Many men, particularly young men, believe they don’t need to see a doctor as they just think nothing is going to happen to them. It is important that parents and educators raise children’s awareness of the importance of having check-ups. This is especially true for young men in their twenties, as that is the prime age for testicular cancer to strike. Moreover, young boys need to learn about the value of nutrition as opposed to bad eating and drinking habits.
Where does this fear begin?
It would seem that the problem for men and doctors begins in the late teens. Whereby women have been socially programmed to visit a doctor annually for a pap smear, birth control, breast health and child-birth matters, men do not have such scheduled “incentives.” Consequently, women are likely to be more comfortable visiting the physician than men.
How often should he go?
Medical experts assert that a man in his 20s only requires two checkups during that 10-year period, and by his 30s he should visit a physician no less than three times in that decade. This is especially true if his family has any history of colon cancer or heart disease which has a strong genetic connection. A male in his 40s needs to think very seriously about his heart health and should start to consider yearly prostate and colon cancer examinations.
What tests should he have?
In order to help assess one’s risk of heart disease, baseline tests such as electrocardiogram, stress assessments, cholesterol checks and physical exams are necessary. Health researchers claim that even healthy, athletic men need regular check-ups for diabetes and high cholesterol as they both have a strong genetic factor.
African-Americans need to be aware that they have a substantially higher rate of prostate, stomach and liver cancer, as well as higher rates of high blood pressure when compared to Caucasian men.
Finally, men need to change their perceptions to become aware of the signs of depression and stress, such as loss of appetite, racing heartbeat, sleeping disorders and chronic sadness. Mental and emotional health is one of the supreme denials of most modern men, according to health professionals.
Better Safe than Sorry!
If you have a fear of going to the doctor -- for whatever reason (whether you’re a man or a woman), don’t the benefits of knowing your health status outweigh the fear and risk? Ok, I know it can be a little scary, especially when needles are involved, but it’s far better to face the music now rather than have it play at your funeral.