6 Reasons Women Ignore the Doctor's Advice

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6 Reasons Women Ignore the Doctor's Advice

Reason 4: We are just too busy.

We're all trying to be superwoman and, therefore, simply don't have time to take care of ourselves (or at least, that's what we tell ourselves). "This is really silly," says New York OB/GYN and co-author of V is for Vagina, Dr. Alyssa Dweck. "If you don't take care of yourself, you won't be able to care for your spouse, your kids, or even maintain such a busy lifestyle."

Reason 5: It's a sign of weakness.

So many women are raised to put other's needs before their own and when they do put themselves first, they feel guilty about it. "Some women confuse healthy self-care with being selfish," Greenberg says, "and are not assertive enough to say otherwise." This leads to getting stressed out and resentful.

Reason 6: Fear of a serious diagnosis.

Catching diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease in the early stages are imperative to survival. Yet so many women experience symptoms early on and choose to ignore them. "Perhaps the most pervasive reason women ignore their doctors is the belief that if they ignore a medical problem, it will just go away," Bacchus says. "Women take on this mindset in many situations, including bad relationships, body image issues, and also health problems. Ignoring the problem may seem like the easier solution, but in actuality, it usually ends up getting worse."

Other women feel like a doctor's visit is the equivalent of a death sentence. "This is also silly," Dweck says, "because most of the time your doctor will reassure you and even help prevent a problem before it becomes serious." So many conditions that used to be deadly can now be cured with early diagnosis and intervention, says Dr. Marina Peredo, a Long Island, New York med spa owner. "Diseases like breast, colon, and skin cancer can be identified easily and treated successfully before advancing to the later stages if women listened to their doctors about self-exams, yearly mammography, regular colonoscopy, sunblock use, and yearly skin cancer screenings," Peredo says.

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