My colleague, Dr. Jed Diamond was in the news this week. Big time… his research on man periods was blasted through the media – was well received by some and ridiculed by others. I course, extended an invitation for Dr. Diamond to join me on my radio podcast… and we just set a date for Wed. Dec 16 to record and to be broadcast on the following Sunday.
I have interviewed Dr. Diamond before and he is as concerned about the effects of hormone imbalance (induced by environmental factors) in men as I am with hormone imbalance with women. Bottom line this imbalance is affecting our mind, moods, and behaviors.
Women are consumed with premenstrual symptoms they cannot control – and now men consumed with emotions of anger, irritation and frustration. It may be a good idea that women and men start charting and compare notes when it comes to that time of the month.
What do you think? Does your partner experience a monthly man period?
Snark remark: I kind of find it interesting that women are finally going public with their periods… after a million years of being silenced – and now men are jumping on the bandwagon.
Perhaps talking “periods” will open the door for more intimate conversations between women and men. Perhaps acknowledging that hormones rule both sexes is a major step for humankind. Of course we need to be in the same boat if we are going to clean up the environmental toxins that are altering the hormone messages sent by the brain to all the other cells in the body. And of course, we cannot rule out the cyclical aspect of this in relation to lunar cycles.
Perhaps because women could not talk about their periods – or afraid of the shame and stigma if they did – men became even more afraid to admit their cyclical feelings and changes in emotions.
Perhaps – because of the estrogen mimickers in our environment that are threatening the health of the planet – men are becoming like women???????????????????
Does the ‘man period’ really exist?
Last week, a survey found that a quarter of British men believe that they experience a monthly ‘man period’.
Reporting fatigue, constant hunger and increased irritability, the men spoke of symptoms that suggested their ‘time of the month’ is just as intrusive and inconvenient as the equivalent female process.
But does the ‘man period’ really exist? How pronounced are the hormonal cycles of male biology? And can men, in all good conscience, semantically equate their experience to the physical process of menstruation?
Dr Jed Diamond is a specialist in the field of male mood cycles. Highly regarded as a leading authority on the andropause – or ‘male menopause’ – Diamond has also researched the monthly effects of hormones on the adult male body.
“Men definitely have hormonal changes that can be noted monthly,” Dr Diamond informs me. “And these subtle hormonal fluctuations – that occur in most men – have generally been ignored.
“Many men report changes in mood, sexual desire and physical well-being that they find occur at similar times every month. For some men the symptoms are so subtle as to be unnoticeable. For others, they may be more significant and could even be as uncomfortable as those that many women experience.”
Dr Diamond believes that the ‘man period’, or IMS (irritable male syndrome), is caused by biochemical changes in the male body. Every month, when levels of certain hormones – testosterone, epinephrine, leptin or thyroxine – oscillate and become unbalanced, men appear to briefly experience the same emotional symptoms that women exhibit during their monthly menstruation.
“IMS is a state of hypersensitivity, anxiety, frustration and anger,” continues Dr Diamond. “The hormonal changes that are associated with monthly cycles are generally more subtle in men and don’t last as long. However, as I indicated, for some men the symptoms can be severe. And these symptoms can vary greatly. In the same way that some women have symptoms that are mild and unnoticeable and some that are very severe, men’s symptoms also show a wide range.”
Whilst Dr Diamond has penned three books and many academic articles attempting to prove the existence of the ‘man period’, there remain those who are sceptical.
Doctor Stephen Hurel is a consultant physician and endocrinologist at London Bridge Hospital. Whilst acknowledging that male hormones do present in cycles, Dr Hurel believes there to be no evidence that this happens on a monthly basis. He goes as far as suggesting that the ‘man period’ is a complete fallacy.