Male numbers in the UK are rising as more men go for routine surgery, and men with higher levels of testosterone are being prescribed male-specific medicines.
The figures, compiled by the NHS Gender Recognition Service, suggest that in England, men are now being prescribed more male-only medicines than they are for all women.
The most common male-targeted male-medicine medication in England is a synthetic version of testosterone, which is used in men who are overweight or who have a history of low testosterone.
The NHS Gender Equality Trust said: “This new report shows that the NHS is making an important commitment to gender equality, and that we have a long way to go to ensure the highest standards of care for men and boys across the health service.”
The study found that men were prescribed male anti, male testosterone and male-sized injections for the first time in the last three years.
It found that in 2014-15, men were more likely to have a primary care doctor who is male and a primary health care provider who is a man.
The study also found that the number of men being prescribed these medicines was rising, but this was not statistically significant, the Trust said.
Dr Matt Smith, chairman of the trust, said:”This report shows the NHS has been committed to gender diversity and to providing better care for male patients.”
This is particularly true for the men who have been targeted in the past.
“The NHS will continue to work with the men we treat to provide the best possible care, and I urge the Government to make a real commitment to ensuring that men are given the best support and advice to help them manage their own health, regardless of their sex.”
It’s vital that we make the NHS more inclusive for men.