Do men, like women, have a monthly cycle?
I’ve pondered this question, inwardly and silently, on many occasions. Are the moods fluctuations they seem to go through each month an actual hormonal condition, or are they simply a figment of my overactive imagination?
I’ve lived with the same man for more than 20 years, and I see a definite change in him – and can almost pinpoint the day in each month – he will get grumpy and irrational. I know it. He knows it. But neither us have ever said anything about it.
Maybe that's why I decided to look into the medical reason behind it before it damages our relationship.
We all know if a woman's mood fluctuates, it is automatically assumed to be related to her "time of the month", menopause or approaching menopause. But if a man is grumpy or short, we are neither given a medical explanation, nor do we, as women, seek one. Because as far as we've always been taught, men aren't cyclical like women - right?
This fantastic Good Men Project article outlines why men are subject to depression, seasonal or otherwise, how they too have cyclical hormone levels, why their virility can be key to this and that to confirm that yes, Male Irritability Syndrome is most definitely a thing.
In the article, psychotherapist Jed Diamond discusses his findings from more than 40 years of his own clinical research, as well as responses from 10,000 men. He discovered why millions of men are becoming angry and depressed, and why they so often vent their frustration on the women they love the most. He went on to explain that Irritable Male Syndrome (IMS) is a state of hypersensitivity, frustration, anxiety and anger that occurs in males and is associated with biochemical changes, hormonal fluctuations, stress, and loss of male identity.