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:
Changes in the male hormone cycle can also cause males to experience the following:
- a lack of arousal
- 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.