online poll by Opinion Stage

It turns out married men get checked out more than their non-married counterparts – by the doctor that is.

A new study out by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds among men aged 18–64, those who were married were more likely than cohabiting men and other not-married men to have had a visit with a doctor in the past year.

The study also found, to some surprise, that more single men see the doctor than men with live-in significant others.

Previous research has demonstrated that married men are more likely than not-married men to seek preventive health care services because their spouses encourage them to do so. It was not known, however, whether cohabiting partners of not-married men play a health-promoting role similar to that of spouses.

The report used responses from about 24,000 men in 2011-2012. Among men ages 18 to 44, the survey found, about 69 percent of the married men had been to a doctor in the last year. That compares to 62 percent of single guys and 57 percent of men with live-in partners, the vast majority of them women.

Joe Blumberg, co-author of the current study, says women living with men may be more reluctant than wives to ask personal health questions or prod men to see a doctor.

In honor of Men’s Health Month, we want to know who motivates you to get your annual check-ups?