health problemswhy do girls have more health problems than guys?

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wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I don't think women do have more health problems than men. It does seem more socially acceptable to discuss many women's health issues when society is less willing to discuss male health issues. For example, men and women both suffer from breast cancer. We talk about women with breast cancer but it is rare to discuss breast cancer in men. I think women are more likely to discuss their own health problems as well. It is more socially acceptable for women to have health problems. Society tends to view it as weakness for a man to have health concerns whereas it is acceptable for a woman. While men and women do experience different health problems, I do not think that women have more problems than men.
rrteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Is it documented that they do? My suspicion would be that this is highly debatable, and if there is such a discrepancy, then it may have to do with cultural factors, e.g. males being unwilling to report health problems when they do arise. It is an interesting question, I'm just not sure the premise is correct from a medical standpoint.

megan-bright eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Women have more health problems in regards to our female organs. That is partly why we have an entire branch of medicine (Gynecology) dedicated to women's health issues. We do need more screenings and are at great risk for many gender-related ailments that men do not have to worry about.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I also don't know that this is true.  Because women bear children and their immune and hormone systems are more prone to fluctuation, that might account for different kinds of medical issues, but I don't know that they outnumber those of males.

loraaa | Student

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