Male PMS: Irritable Male Syndrome

Bear Market News

July 8, 2010

When most people think of PMS they think of women. However, researchers recently discovered that many men suffer from a condition similar to PMS called irritable male syndrome (IMS). Men with IMS often experience mood swings, stomach cramps and even hot flashes. These symptoms and others are caused by a drop in the male hormone testosterone.

IMS can manifest at any time because, unlike women who experience monthly hormone cycles, men experience a daily hormone cycle. Males’ levels of testosterone are highest after waking and fall throughout the day.

A variety of symptoms are linked to irritable male syndrome. A man experiencing IMS may experience the following symptoms:

  • anger
  • anxiety
  • hypersensitivity
  • irritability.

Changes in the male hormone cycle can also cause males to experience the following:

  • a lack of arousal
  • backaches
  • headaches
  • hot flashes
  • sexual dysfunction
  • stomach cramps.

The male version of PMS can cause men to feel antisocial and depressed and can leave them unable to concentrate.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.