The Men-strual cycle? – YOU MUST BE KIDDING!


August 10, 2010

I’ve always been sceptical when experts say men go through their own versions of female conditions such as the menopause or PMS.

Yes, men may experience depression or mood swings at certain periods in their life but that doesn’t mean we should look for similarities to female hormonal conditions.

For a start, there’s little evidence that men’s testosterone levels peak and dip in the extreme way women’s hormones do around their period, pregnancy and the menopause.

So I think it’s wrong to compare the male experience with what women go through – and here’s why…

The new male ‘conditions’..

Male menopause

The theory:It’s been suggested that some men experience an “andropause” in middle age – a physical and psychological condition comparable to the female menopause.

We know that, as men age, producing less of the male hormone testosterone can cause fatigue, weakness, depression and erection problems. One US study confirmed that some men do suffer from a drop in testosterone in middle age. However – and this is a big however – the research also confirmed that just 3% experience anything like a significant drop in this hormone.



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.