Women outnumber men 2-1 in using Internet for medical self-diagnosis

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Flexcin Survey Shows Women & Men Frustrated with Wait & Cost to See Doctor

Fort Myers, Florida – Flexcin International, the makers of Flexcin, a joint inflammation supplement, conducted an online survey of roughly 500 men and women each and found that women outnumber men almost two to one in using the Internet for initial research on their aches and pains.

73.6 percent of all women in the survey said they use the Internet for initial research compared with 44.1 percent of men. All respondents were between the ages of 35 and 60 living throughout different parts of the country. The survey revealed that many women prefer the Internet for initial research because they’ve grown tired of the frustrations in trying to see their primary care physician. The majority of men said they aren’t always sure how to describe the ailment when using the Internet for self-diagnosis.

“Although the Internet doesn’t replace your doctor, I think these results speak to the fact that both women and men are very frustrated with the healthcare industry,” said Tamer Elsafy, CEO and founder of Flexcin. “If you have general aches and pains or a case of the sniffles, people today are more inclined to research the Internet rather than wait several days to see a doctor and then pay the high cost of prescriptions.”

Women who said they turn to the Internet first said they’re comfortable doing so because they aren’t looking for answers to life-threatening illnesses but rather information on general aches and pains. Men said they’d like to use the Internet more but don’t trust their ability to describe their ailments on their own.


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