Why it’s ok to talk about men’s health

Men and their health can often be a subject which is brushed over. It’s commonly known that a lot of men don’t visit their GP as regularly as they should, for various reasons. In most cases, if you were to ask a male companion why they wouldn’t go and see their GP if they were unwell, you’d probably hear similar reasons. I don’t have time, it will go soon and stop worrying are likely phrases you might here. In reality these may not be the actual reasons and in fact, there may be more to the issue than what you might think. When it comes to men’s health, some issues can be overwhelming and have a negative impact on confidence and self-esteem. To help combat some of the taboos and misconceptions around men’s health; we thought we’d share some interesting information with you.

Problems in the bedroom?

When it comes to health issues that may affect your sex life, it can take its toll on some relationships. Health issues like erectile dysfunction can cause a lot of strain on relationships and can be seen as an embarrassing problem to have. On a recent survey carried out by LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor, 23.6% of men surveyed said they have experienced the issue or know someone who has. Although a lot of people believe you’re only at risk of erectile dysfunction at a later age, a large amount of people surveyed are actually under the age of 40; proving just how common the issue is.

There are some ways in which you can reduce the risk of ED, simply by adjusting your lifestyle. Whatever age you may be, eating healthy, exercising and watching how much alcohol you consume, will only benefit you and your health.

Losing your locks?

We all know one thing that does change as you get older, is your hair. Some people lose a lot of it, where as other see a change in colour. Hair loss is another health issue which doesn’t only effect the older generation and surprisingly, 57.5% of men surveyed, said they would shave their head if hair loss became a problem. Hair loss is nothing to be worried about and there are ways in which you can reduce the risk of it; medication being one of them. There are a lot of taboos around hair loss and a lot of myths surrounding the issue.

It’s proven that myths about hair loss are myths for a reason and in fact, don’t increase your chances of hair loss at all. Washing your hair frequently can be a cause, using gel or wax can also have negative outcomes and wearing a hat can cause baldness; all of them being false statements.

Who can I talk to?

It’s understandable that a lot of men may be hesitant to discuss these issues with others, but there are people who can help. If speaking to family and friends seems like a difficult task, then GP’s and online pharmacies can give you the advice you need and discuss the possible treatments on offer. ED and hair loss are a lot more common that what you would think, so it’s ok to talk.

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