Let's talk men's health
Alex George, A&E doctor, has partnered with us to talk about getting the loved ones in our lives, particularly the men, to open up about their health.
Alex says there’s lots of different health issues that can bother men and sometimes we know that men aren’t always the best at opening up, seeking help and talking about issues if they're facing them. Alex talks about tackling some of those issues and tips about how to actually open up and talk about these sometimes difficult topics and get loved ones to seek support when they need it.
Alex tells us sexual health is up there with some of the most difficult topics men find to talk about. This includes:
These issues are very common and can affect a lot of men, they still can be difficult to talk about. Alex says knowing who to direct loved ones to for help is really important, because when you have that conversation you want to feel that you can signpost them to somewhere useful.
He says your GP is a fantastic source of support, but reminds us that your local pharmacy also offers a range of services. For example for sexual health, which we know can be a taboo topic, support and services relating to sexual health topics are available through LloydsPharmacy. As well as total health checks looking at everything from blood pressure to lifestyle advice.
LloydsDirect by LloydsPharmacy
Alex also talks us through the LloydsDirect by LloydsPharmacy repeat NHS prescription app that takes a lot of hassle out of getting your medications. For a start you can get your prescription medications delivered to your home or work for free.
Tips for approaching health conversations
Alex says probably talking about hard topics at the check out of a shop isn’t the ideal situation. So, try to make sure you’re in a surrounding that’s calm, like at home, it’s appropriate with the people who are in the room and it’s not a day that’s really stressful.
2. Being direct is okay
Without being confrontational or judgemental, you can still be direct with your point and not step around the subject.
3. Listen and be understanding
The person you’re speaking to may have reservations and concerns so Alex says being there for them by listening is a great way to support them.
Know where to direct them, whether it be a GP or their local pharmacy.
5. Give them time
Give them time and space to think about and act on your conversation.
We're here to help
Our pharmacists are on hand in store to help with advice and treatments, find your local pharmacy today. We also have men's health advice and products online that can help you or the loved ones in your life.