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Man Flu….. ladies what you need to know

Man Flu

Over the years I have become quite an expert on the topic of MAN FLU – the potentially life threatening illness borne only by the male of the species with an XY Chromosome.

Woman cannot get man flu. FACT

What I have learnt in my study :

  • Tends to start out as a sniffle and comments such as – ‘I think I’m getting a cold, very closely followed by ‘its not cold, its either full flu or some nasty virus’
  • Main symptoms exaggerated coughing, sniffing – mild to severe grumpiness, not much communication
  • However MF doesn’t appear to get in the way of midweek drinking with colleagues, football games – but hits heavily in the evening when the man is at home
  • Weekends tend to be when the real effects happen – so much so that they can barely move from the sofa and cannot quite reach the remote control
  • Alcohol and excessive tea drinking appears to help symptoms but only when served by a female
  • A MF sufferer does not tolerate any form of sarcasm and definitely the words ‘Man Flu’ – cannot be mentioned,  it seems to make the condition worse and hampers recovery by an average 3 days
  • It takes 5 days more for a man to recover from ‘man flu’ than it does for a woman to recover from a common cold – average length MF – 7-11 days.
  • And I have also learnt that only men know the real definition of MF. Many a time I have told another guy that ‘He-Who -Doesn’t-Cook’ has MF and the sympathy is ridiculous from male to male . An out pouring of concern!
  • Men do not recover from Man Flu it seems to disappear and is not mentioned again – any mention of ‘so you are better then?’ tends to revive the symptoms
  • My advise after many many years of study is that ladies, just go with it, any reference or sarcasm can put the poor man back by at least 3 days…..


Remember – Man Flu is a bona-fide and debilitating illness 😉 No SHIT

Note – once Man Flu did turn into pnumonia  – so be careful ladies….



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Harry's Honest Mummy says:
Another thing I thought to add is how Man Flu exonerates them from any childcare responsibilities. Yet, when the tables are turned - but you have a "cold" - those responsibilities still exist....strange that hey. Man Flu obviously makes you allergic to small children. :-) #brilliantblogposts
    Clare x says:
    Absolutely :-) x