Man flu – myth or reality?

Man flu – myth or reality

For the last week or so my Mark has been battling a horrendous life crippling disease – man flu. Unable to do anything, confined to the comfort of the front room and his favourite spot on the sofa, he is totally useless. No matter what I have tried to offer to him, he wasn’t satisfied 🙁 No amount of offering drink, food or loving sweet talk would make him feel any better… he looked totally hopeless and the only thing keeping him alive was his PS4 and a good session of Dragon Age 3.

Really I had no idea that a PS4 could cure diseases but hey ho you learn something new every day, right?

So back to my question… is man flu real or is it just a nice cover story for taking a few days off work?

A few weeks ago I received some Perfect7 supplements for both women and men. To my huge surprise they were totally different. The ingredients list on both packets does not match up with one another… are men really so different to women? Can a common cold or flu really affect them in such a horrible way?

When I have flu I moan a lot and generally feel sorry for myself but I am mobile and can still perform my daily tasks; I might be slower than normal, more grumpy and in need of much more chocolate cake but I am still fully operational.

My Mark on the other hand, seems to be totally out of order.

I decided to do some digging on the subject and I came across this article from Mail Online at Daily Mail. Apparently man flu ISN’T a myth – men get sick because they don’t have the sex hormones that boost a woman’s immune systems. Interesting isn’t it?

In light of this, I have decided to be more supportive to my OH when he is suffering with man flu. I still think that he is milking it at times but maybe they really are different than us, women.

How do you deal with man flu?

Did you find a way to reduce the symptoms and actually make your man useful during his sickness?

52 thoughts on “Man flu – myth or reality?

  1. I’m thankful my boyfriend doesn’t get sick that often (*knocks on wood*), but the most annoying habit of his is not taking medicine even if he needs it because he’s convinced it’ll just go away on its own.

  2. I think the man flu is real too but I feel that each individual deals with it differently. When my father gets the man flu, he just sleeps the day away and when he gets up he’s usually better, plus even if he has the man flu he still works but on the other hand my brother is horrible when he gets the man flu, it seems as if he was extremely ill and incapable of doing anything but hog the TV.. It’s annoying but since he’s sick we all leave him alone.. hahah

    Gig Love,
    -Siew Hui, http://3verythingilove.blogspot.com

  3. i’ve never heard of man flu before! and my dad and bro has never ever exhibit such symptoms ever in my entire life of 28 yrs till date.
    so, it’s really not a myth?!

  4. I never heard that term before, but it’s interesting. I do know that men are much more like babies when they’re sick. 😉

  5. Actually I believe this because my husband has now been sniffling for days on end and it can’t be spring allergies yet. He has the man flu. I did not realize there was a science behind this though.

  6. My dad is the worst when he is sick! My mom would definitely agree with this post. I think men tend to feel more sorry for themselves whereas women want to go about everyday as if it was normal. It also gives my dad an excuse to lay on the couch and watch ESPN haha

  7. Never heard of this haha. My bf just goes straight comatose whenever he feels like he might be getting sick so I don’t see him for about a day and then he’s back like nothing happened. his gaming, on the other hand, is near constant lol.

  8. I am so unsupportive of man flu! Even post csections I have had to get up and get on with things so have no sympathy for little colds as much as my OH feels like it is the end of the world lol

  9. My guy likes to be taken care of when he’s sick so I do. Moms get a different gig at my house. If you’re sick, you’re sick, but you’ve still gotta do what’s gotta get done! lol Maybe it is exponentially worse for men? I don’t know. But, I do know I don’t like being catered to, so it works out okay at our house. 🙂

  10. It’s kind of like that here too. I tend to get ill less, but when I do I generally am expected to carry on unless a) it’s a weekend that he isn’t busy b) he isn’t already suffering with man flu.

  11. I think men and women get the same flu but men are more willing to be really ill with it where I think that women try to fight it as much as possible so keep getting up and carrying on.

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