If you think your guy acts like a child when he's got the sniffles, this will surprise you.
Your guy is strong, assertive, and fearless. But when he's got the sniffles, he's reduced to a helpless, bawled up, whining patient -- and suddenly there's one more kid in the house.
But despite the old adage that men act like babies when they're sick, turns out it's actually women who can't handle the common cold.
⋅85% of women admit exaggerating their symptoms in order to gain sympathy, compared to just 76% of men, according to research conducted by Actimel, a probiotic drink company.
⋅What's more, up to a third of women say they feel "more emotional" when struck with illness compared to just one in 10 men.
⋅But we're not so helpless -- while it's true women complain more about having the flu, they're much better at self-diagnosing their symptoms, boosting their immune systems with good nutrition, and taking steps to avoid getting ill in the future, compared to less than one in five men.
Experts say the results are surprising since men are known to complain a lot when they're sick.
"Women tend to talk more about their feelings generally, but men it seems, vocalize more when they're sick -- that's where the myth around 'man flu' originated," says Gladeana McMahon, consultant psychotherapist. "So it's surprising that these results show women to be the biggest complainers when it comes to colds and flu."
Tell us -- do you complain more than your husband when you're sick?