You know how sometimes you find that your man exhibits characteristics of moodiness, crankiness, and has an all-around bad mood once every month? Some people jest and say that they are “man-struating” or that they are having their “man period”. How true is this though? Do men really go through hormonal cycles every month like women do? Cosmopolitan decided to investigate this theory.
So do men get periods like women do? In a sense yes, but not the way women do. Their bodies go through periods of reduced testosterone levels which causes them to become irritable. It can be referred to as the male version of PMS; IMS (Irritable Male Syndrome). Unlike women who go through a cycle with their hormonal changes, testosterone drops can happen at any time for men. It isn’t on a regular schedule like women. It also has nothing to do with fertilization like a woman’s period does.
There are many different factors that contribute to this drop in testosterone. Changes in his diet or a lot of stress can certainly cause the drop. Some women say that their man is having “sympathy symptoms” when they get their period much like sympathy pains during labor. When they go through this drop in testosterone, they become moody, angry, and can also become anxious.
If your man’s moodiness starts to become a large problem in your relationship, try talking to his doctor. They may tell him to change his diet; they may prescribe hormone creams, or stress relief. Most of the time it is not something medical but it can be a hassle. Just remember that you put him through the same thing month after month.