Women are known to be pretty much ruled by hormones: they make females moody, hungry, horny, and insecure; they also bring on those weird cravings. What neither men nor women seem to be aware of is that, while it may not be followed by genital bleeding, men can also have a “time of the month”.
The idea of the very appropriately named “irritable male syndrome” isn’t exactly new, but it is gaining popularity among scientific circles and even starting to generate some buzz in the online and print media, where it is often called the “male time of the month” or a “men’s period”.
This condition, which probably affects a bigger percentage of the male population than they would like to admit, has very similar symptoms to a woman's menstruation (in terms of behavioral features, of course), including bloating, mood swings and changes in a man's libido. The reason for this is very simple — irritable male syndrome is in fact the equivalent to the female period, according to scientists’ research and beliefs.
The thorough research, which was mainly conducted on animals but is also believed to be applicable to human males, suggests that testosterone tends to rule men’s lives, much like estrogen and progesterone wreak havoc on women's.
Sudden drops of the male sexual hormone can thus have effects that go far beyond just killing their procreation or simple coupling instincts. In fact, the lack of the male hormone can literally play “mind tricks” on the brain and cause a sort of depressive state, due to the lower energy levels caused by the hormonal imbalance.
Stress is the most recognizable external destabilizing factor, both for the male and female sex hormones. However, fluctuations and imbalances also do happen naturally to men, as they do to women.
Further research coupled with empirical observation seems to suggest that testosterone might also have a cycle of its own, thus causing men to have monthly episodes of emotional as well as physical symptoms as described above, known as the “irritable male syndrome”.
These episodes can happen to men of all ages, and they don’t necessarily mean that there is a health problem to be dealt with, though men should definitely have a look at their lifestyle if they find themselves feeling moody or depressed. These episodes can, however, be linked to withdrawal, for instance after a man takes hormonal therapy or similar supplements.
Another very natural cause of “irritable male syndrome” is simply the aging process. The levels of testosterone in a man’s body tend to lower over the course of their lives towards what is now known as andropause, so it isn’t unusual for men to lose energy and the ability to control their moods as they age.
All in all, men are as vulnerable to their sexual hormones as women are. So while the cycles are definitely distinct, this goes to show that they can also be incredibly similar.