Ok ladies (I’m looking at you Laura) you may think we can be big babies and can be melodramatic, attention-seeking, and over the top, but thanks to science the “man flu” – when men complain more than women about the common cold or flu – is real and could make the flu worse for men than women.
How is this possible? Estrogen, or a lack there-of. You see “estrogen has an anti-viral effect against the flu, and reduced flu virus reputation in female cells only.”
So basically, estrogen protects women from the flu, but leave men more vulnerable and with more severe symptoms.
So ladies, please, PLEASE listen closely, respect and understand what your husband/boyfriend/brother are going through the next time they’re sick.