What Men Consider to Be Taboo?


Whether we are turning to friends, family, our GP or Click Pharmacy doctor, discussing any aspect of our health can feel hard at first, and it would seem that men, in particular, find it more difficult to discuss their wellbeing. One study of 2500 people showed that 28% of the asked men had not sought medical support for mental health concerns compared to 19% of the women. 


With fearing the “negative stigma” believed to be linked to mental health and worrying about “appearing weak” for getting help, more and more men are too embarrassed to talk about their medical issues, from colon cancer to erectile dysfunction.  And with one study showing that 60% of men would only see their doctor to stop their partner nagging it seems unlikely this will change any time soon, but in truth, there is no reason to be coy about our health issues.

Here are 5 medical issues men are too embarrassed to talk about – but must!

Depression is very common in the UK with around 1 in 4 people experiencing mental health each year.  With concerns around money and job security increasing in the current climate, many men are finding it harder to cope with the usual ups and downs of life; the result of which is a rise in depression.  Worryingly suicide is far higher in men than women with nearly two-thirds of suicides being represented by men worldwide, and unsurprisingly there is a growing concern amongst doctors that men are not coming forward about their mental health before it is too late.

Many men are unhappy to discuss their mental health issues for several reasons, as discovered by the Priory Group after their study’s answers ranged from “I’m too embarrassed” (29%) to “I’ve learnt to deal with it” (40%).  Another 22% worried they would waste their GP’s time discussing concerns such as depression even though around 30% of a doctor’s time is spent dealing with psychological issues.

With the right support, most people can recover from depression, so the sooner you can get help, the sooner you can get back to normal.

The same study looked at anxiety and discovered that 60% of the men polled admitted to suffering from some level of stress.  Work and financial pressures were at the top of the list of reasons for men struggling with this form of mental health, but with many staying quiet over their issues, and 40% saying that only thoughts of suicide or self-harm would drive them to visit their GP, it is easy to understand why it seems so taboo to discuss it.

It is easy to believe you are the only person suffering, especially when dealing with anxiety, which causes you to feel very alone with the weight of the world on your shoulders.  With all the pressures of everyday life further aggravating the situation, from ensuring you earn enough to pay the mortgage and the bills to being able to afford a summer holiday with the family, it’s no wonder 77% of the men polled admitted to suffering from this often debilitating mental health issue.

There is no need for embarrassment; it is essential to remember that anxiety is not a sign of weakness but a medical condition with many common and effective treatments available.

According to a study published in Human Reproduction Update, sperm counts have dropped considerably with a 52.4% decrease between 1973 and 2011, and yet, in spite of these shocking findings, infertility is still something many men are too embarrassed to discuss.  Medical sociologist Liberty Barnes explains that infertility in men shakes the foundation of their masculinity, “hitting personal masculine identity right where it counts”.

Aside from the issues with reproduction itself, infertility can also be a sign of other underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, STDs, autoimmune problems and hormonal imbalances, meaning that ignoring the problem can affect not only your chances of fatherhood but also your longterm health as well.

With society telling men that they ‘should’ be fertile for decades after women are no longer able to carry a child it becomes a real taboo to learn that they are unable to reproduce, but with just a simple discussion with your GP and urologist, you can get the answers and support you need without any embarrassment necessary.

Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
While it is stressful to live with a recurring issue such as ED or premature ejaculation, staying quiet and refusing to ask for support due to embarrassment can make things far worse in the long run.

With so many tried and trusted treatments for impotence and erectile dysfunction on the market nowadays including Viagra, Sildenafil Cialis, Levitra, Spedra it is clear that many men deal with this medical condition and you are not alone.  In fact, erectile dysfunction is one of the most common sexual problems with around 140 million men in the world living with it.

Treatments available for impotence such as the branded medications Cialis, Spedra, Levitra and Viagra as well as the generic counterparts Sildenafil and Tadalafil are all available at Click Pharmacy, work in a variety of non-invasive ways.  The sooner you have it established with your doctor that your erectile dysfunction is not due to any critical, underlying health issues such as heart disease, you can use them to support you on your way back to fulfilling, intimate sex life.

Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer kills as many as 11,000 men a year, but experts believe that this could increase over the next 6 years to around 15,000 simply because men are embarrassed to get the necessary checks, resulting in a fatal delay.

It may feel uncomfortable to reach out to your doctor for help by booking a prostate screening once you reach 50 or a checkup at any age if you think there is an issue, but as the UK’s third biggest killer for men, it is crucial you put your fears to one side for the sake of your health.

At some point we may all require embarrassing, troublesome or invasive medical checks to ensure we can remain healthy for many years to come, so whatever the issue, remember you are not alone with your health concerns.  Your life and your wellbeing are not worth risking for the sake of a few moments of embarrassment, so get talking and get checked.

Ask Click Pharmacy
If you have any concerns about your health, you may find it easier to discuss it online with one of our Click Pharmacy doctors.  We can support you confidentially in finding the best solutions for a number of issues, including treatment for erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation.

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What Men Consider to Be Taboo?
Whether we are turning to friends, family, our GP or Click Pharmacy doctor, discussing any aspect of our health can feel hard at first, and it would seem that men, in particular, find it more difficult to discuss their wellbeing.

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