1) Needles (Belonephobia):
I use LabCorp for bloodwork and never see the same person twice. Went today and it was more than a misquito bite pain. I used deep diaphragmatic breathing to beat this phobia.
2) Doctor's Office ( Iatrophobia):
Called white coat syndrome. Especially with a new doctor. Higher blood pressure than normal? You get 140/70 and your labeled hypertensive.
I take my Bp daily and show my results to the Dr. He quickly retracts his opinion. It's stranger to stranger warfare( even after a year) with some of these people.
3) Blood (Hemophobia): Not to much of a problem if in a vial.
4) Anesthesia (Trypanophobia): The risk is extremely low. At 67yo, went under for recent colonoscopy and endoscopy (Dec, 2012). I'm still here.
The US Dept of Health & Human Services says men are 24% less likely than women are to see a doctor. Score one point for the ladies.
Avoiding doctors will hurt your health today and in the future.
What's your biggest medical phobia? Mine is needles(1).