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Men are often portrayed - in research studies, ‘common-sense’ accounts and popular media - as reluctant users of health services.

They are said to avoid going to the GP whenever possible, while women are portrayed, in presumed opposition, as consulting more readily, more frequently and with less serious complaints.

Although they may appear to be fully awake, individuals who suffer from sexsomnia often have no recollection of the sexual behaviors they exhibit while asleep.In some cases, a medical diagnosis of sexsomnia has been used as a criminal defense in court for alleged sexual assault and rape cases.Under DSM-5 criteria, there are 11 diagnostic groups that comprise sleep-wake disorders.Regardless of gender, the accounts portrayed participants as stoic in response to illness and responsible service users; and as people seeking explanations for bodily changes and taking appropriate and timely action.Our analysis challenges simplistic, 'common-sense' views of gendered help-seeking and highlights that both men and women need support to consult their doctor for investigation of significant or concerning bodily changes.