According to a Study, Men Don’t Exaggerate When They Have The Flu

Flu has been shown to be harder for men than women, to be treated longer, and experts have explained why this is the case.

When we are ill, between the symptoms and the hectic hours of staying in bed and taking medication, it is common to feel overwhelmed with discomfort. However, men have especially gained a reputation for exceeding the level of complaints when they are ill, and even more so when they have the flu.

The Oxford and the Cambridge dictionaries define the term “flu” as a disease similar to a cold, that’s not serious, but that could be stronger if the person who suffers from it is a man. For illustration, the dictionary says: "John has a touch of man flu and he won't get out of bed".

It’s because of this definition that this research emerged, to provide a more precise explanation for whether this is true and why it could happen.

Mice are the subject of this study because they serve as good human models for medical research. In this six year study, the rodent immune system was analyzed, taking into account gender, age and influenza responses. Scientists have concluded that female mice have a stronger immune system than male mice due to the female hormone estradiol. Also, the stronger sex has more temperature receptors in the body, especially in the brain, so the symptoms of the disease are more severe.

There is a difference between men and women when it comes to their immune system. This research reveals that men have more severe problems when suffering from respiratory diseases. The fact is that male testosterone has an immunosuppressive effect that can interfere with the proper administration of the flu vaccine, making men more likely to be hospitalized. 

The role of hormones in our immune system is one of the main focuses of this research. In women, estradiol acts as an immunoprotective agent, making them less prone to flu or colds.

In the meantime, testosterone in men acts as an immunosuppressant, which makes them more likely to have the flu and suffer from it at a different, higher degree than women.

For these reasons, it is safe to say that the meaning of the terms published by these two dictionaries is correct. Men suffer more from the flu than women. And that is why it is believed that men over-monitor their symptoms when they are ill.

So what do you think of men who complain when they have the flu? Do you think they exaggerate? Let us know in the comments!


  1. Still being babies if you’re the stronger sex deal with it lmao.

  2. I keep on telling you men r babies scientists just proved me right. Mmmm

  3. Says the females, that have bodies meant for reproduction but....still cry about it

    1. Awk moment no one would be used to your organs moving around internally due to a body growing in you and your hip bones essientially breaking and splitting during birth

    2. It's because of that painful reproductive process that has made women less of a pansy ass than men. So we are able to handle and process a simple little flu because we are used to far worse things like essentially breaking our bones to create a human!

    3. That's not how it works. If you would have read the article, it's the fact you have more estradiol than men, so you don't get sick as often, and men also have more temperature in the body and brain, which causes men to have more severe symptoms. Also, it's 100% natural and normal to have a baby growing inside of you, stop exaggerating what happens to women when they're pregnant. Their organs barely move, instead the womb expands outwards, away from their organs. Also the bones in a woman's hips and pelvis do not break or even come close to it, so stop lying. Lastly, I wouldn't call child birth painful, seeing as how there have been studies to prove that getting kicked in the balls is equally painful, and even that, isn't that bad.

  4. Im sure the Men commenting here are the criers when they have the flu!

  5. Dont Mind me, I'm just here to read the comments, please continue

  6. "The fact is that male testosterone has an immunosuppressive effect that can interfere with the proper administration of the flu vaccine, making men more likely to be hospitalized."

    So if a guys flu vaccine didn't work, he might go to the hospital. Soooooo, In other words, they have "exceeding levels of complaints" about the flu? Yeah, we knew that...

  7. This makes sense to me, because the men I know don't like to complain. When they get sick, they can't help getting so fatigued.

  8. Where them sensitive ass feminists in the back? Y'all can come on out now and talk about it.

  9. I wish this stereotype would die already. I’ve seen both sexes go through cancer, neither was stronger.
    I called my son a baby most his life because every time he skinned his knee he’d cry and want to go to the hospital, he’d say he was dying. Come to find out when he was a teenager, he fainted in health class. He’s got a blood phobia. Does having a phobia make him weak? I don’t think so. Sadly, the first person to knock down his masculinity was his mother. Then everyone complains about toxic masculinity, maybe we’re the reason some men act like block heads.
    My husband is a tough MF, nail through foot, kept working the whole day shoe full of blood. One of many examples including almost cutting his finger off. Never calling in to work when he’s sick, no matter how much I ask him.
    Go work in an oncology unit, men are not babies. This whole myth made my job much harder. Since they’ve been told they have to be tough, that they are “babies,” they wouldn’t let me know they needed pain medication until the pain was so unbearable that the meds took a long time to catch up.
    Are some men babies? Of course. Some women are too, some women whine and complain at every twinge of pregnancy, then act like they are a super hero's after delivery.
    As a mother I want this to stop, I want my boys to live in a world that if they’re hurt they can tell someone. It’s not just physical pain men hold in it’s emotional too. One day my boys will get married and I sure the hell hope they don’t marry someone that crushes they’re masculinity at every complaint they may have. I hope my girls have taken this message from example also.
    That being said, Men I passed a kidney stone three years ago, it was horrible. It was not as bad as childbirth, not even close.

    1. I've been kicked in the balls several times throughout my life. Scientific studies have proved that getting kicked in the balls hurts equally to giving birth. Getting kicked in the balls isn't that bad, so stop complaining. :)

  10. Did none of you read the article. Testosterone in men acts as an immunosuppressant while estradiol in women immunoPROTECTIVE.

    You retards saying "men should deal with it" is like if men said "women should just deal with childbirth they have the wider hips for a reason"

    That's how stupid you sound

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