Male PMS? That sounds absurd because it is simply unacceptable to talk about a premenstrual syndrome in men.
Menstruation indirectly affects men, because they could be affected by any menstrual disorder affecting a loved one. But does this still warrant such a description as PMS in men?
Male PMS is simply a colloquial term that describes an increasingly recognised medical condition called the Irritable Male Syndrome(IMS) or the Irritable Men Syndrome. It sounds like the Irritable Bowel Syndrome but it is not. PMS in male is not a medical description but a term used commonly among non-professionals in common usage to refer to a male counterpart of the female premenstrual syndrome.
The Irritable Male Syndrome is state of emotional and behavioral symptoms such as hypersensitivity, anxiety, frustration, and anger that occur in males and associated with hormonal fluctuations and stress.
The real occurrence of this syndrome may not be apparent now because of identification issues. Many people in the first place may not simply identify the cause of the emotional symptoms they are having.Many of the symptoms of this male PMS have been described in different percentages of men- about 46% of some men have reported persistent stress, 55% have a strong fear of failure and 40% report sexual dissatisfaction.
What is even more disturbing is that this syndrome may be causing significant problems in relationships and yet not be identified.
The irritable male syndrome was first noted in sheep by a Scotish Doctor, Dr. Gerald Lincoln. He noted fluctuating levels of male sheep testosterone and concomitant behavioral changes.
A recent book by Jed Diamond, "The Irritable Male Syndrome: Managing the Four Key Causes of Aggression and Depression" is one of the first books to be published on this subject and tries to increase awareness of this condition among men and clinicians about this condition.
The issue about men experiencing the so-called male PMS is that these men are often in denial. It is often difficult for men to identify with behavioral changes associated with hormonal fluctuations which are known to be ‘female issues’.
Symptoms may vary within the day, worst in the morning and tapering off latter in the day as the levels of the hormone testosterone similarly vary. They do not follow a predictable monthly pattern as female PMS.
Men suffering from IMS may be
Note that not every one of these symptoms need to be present for the diagnosis. If your husband begins to display a combination of such symptoms, please do consider luring him to consult a physician. He could be having this treatable syndrome!
Basically, IMS is related to diminished levels of testosterone in blood. As female hormones make women the female they are, so testosterone makes men the male they are. Therefore, reduced levels of testosterone will alter a man's behavior.
Note these about the hormones of IMS
However, normal variation does not cause symptoms. Some external factor usually precipitates symptoms. The most significant factor is stress.
All that is required for you,if you suspect that your man may be having this syndrome, is to seek medical evaluation. By clinical and laboratory evaluations, a Physician can make the diagnosis certain and institute the right treatment.
Essentially, treatment will consist of lifestyle issues like diet and exercise, coupled with hormone replacement therapy.
The Male PMS may be causing havoc in many marriages and yet not be identified. Of course little knowledge of this condition contributes to this state. You may want to look at the book below by Jed Diamond if you suspect this syndrome may be ruining your relationships, past or present.
Below are two resources from Jed Diamond, an expert in this syndrome, that will be of help to you or someone who may be suffering from this syndrome.
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