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It Only Hurts When I Ask for Directions

Or when I think I have to go to the doctor

(HealthDayNews) -- It's pretty well accepted that men don't ask directions. They also don't go to the doctor.

Researchers at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse held a series of focus group interviews to try to understand why. Here are the reasons men gave for not going to their doctors, as reported in the Journal of Family Practice:

  • They are more inclined to turn to their female partners for help, rather than go to professionals.
  • They are more likely to resort to denial. Seeing a doctor is an admission of vulnerability.
  • They only go to the doctor when they feel sick -- not for regular checkups. If it doesn't hurt, it doesn't matter.
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