Is it HIS time of the month?

By Gigi

Celebrate yourself//No limitations//Express yourself in all you do

September 30, 2020

It might be. No, seriously.

We begrudge our monthly PMS, and sometimes as women it can really feel like the odds are stacked against us. Every month I find myself ranting… Why are hormone boggling contraceptive solutions designed for women only?  Why do women have to deal with monthly bleeding?

And so we did a little googling. And then googled a little more..

You might be interested to know that men are not exempt from symptoms which are in some ways quite similar to PMS. So if you’ve ever wondered whether the men in your life need a tub of Ben & Jerry’s as much as you do- you might have been right.  Have you ever wondered about that male moodiness?  Well, it turns out that although men do not suffer from PMS, a phenomena called Irritable male syndrome (IMS) does exist. Yes, really.

IMS has been described as a state of hypersensitivity, frustration, anxiety, and anger that occurs exclusively in males, and it’s all to do with hormonal fluctuating, stress, and biochemical changes. Another nasty symptom of this IMS is a feeling of ‘loss of male identity’ (thank goodness this isn’t commonly a PMS symptom!)

According to the NCBI (National Centre for Biotechnology Information), “The irritable male syndrome (IMS) is a behavioural state of nervousness, irritability, lethargy and depression that occurs in adult male mammals following withdrawal of testosterone.” So its a natural fluctuation in testosterone that’s thought to be the cause for IMS, and the accompanying significant increase in stress levels.  How does this happen?  Even diet and biochemical changes can affect male hormones and cause mood swings, or a major slump in mood (which sometimes is IMS).

Now here’s where it gets really interesting. As men age, their testosterone levels drop accordingly which.. wait for it…can also be a change that is linked to a man’s ‘moodiness’.  Sound like a grumpy dad you might know?

However, by far the most interesting aspect of this male PMS is that some scientists have proposed that it is tied to the sympathy that a man feels when the women in his life are experiencing actual PMS symptoms like anxiety, low self-esteem and irritation. And that’s actually arguably quite sweet.  In other words, PMS might actually rub off on any fellas in your life.

And that might just mean you need two spoons for that tub of ice cream. Just make sure you get a bigger tub? 😉