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Pre-Menstrual Syndrome in Men

Otherwise known as Irritable Male Syndrome.

Sometimes, dudes get all douche-y and moody around a certain time of the month. (Some opinions may differ)

Which makes us wonder: Do guys have periods? Figuratively speaking, of course. Literally? Well, that’s what this article is for.

So… do guys have PMS (Pre-Menstrual Syndrome)?

Of course, men don’t actually have the lovely bonafide PMS related to preparing the uterus and egg for fertilization (like duh). But some go through what’s called the male PMS: “IMS” (Irritable Male Syndrome). This can be attributed to men experiencing a drop in testosterone, the hormone that gives them their mojo (masculinity per say). Their IMS can happen at any time, as testosterone levels fluctuate during the day, but they tend to be highest during the morning and drop as the day goes on.

Yes even males start experiencing IMS starting from puberty.

But what causes the dip in testosterone levels?

There can be many factors. From stress to change in diet, anything can impact your man’s testosterone levels. And thus, lead to male PMS. Interestingly, some attribute male moodiness to “sympathy PMS,” which is when guys experience similar feelings to the women in their lives who are dealing with the psychological and emotional feelings associated with PMS.

What happens when a dude experiences IMS?

It can cause him to be more angry, and moody. Guys who do have IMS can also be super anxious, depressed, and exhibit lower selfesteem.

What should you do when he’s male PMS-ing?

Talk to your man if his moodiness becomes an issue and raise your concerns with your doctor as well. Your doctor could prescribe anything from a change in diet, stress relief advice, hormone creams/medication, or other remedies/medications if necessary.

If your guy is being a total beotch and you think he might be on his “period” or experiencing some IMS, cut him some slack. We do it too around that time of the month(eyeroll).

Wait till that red colour transfers from that shirt to your urine. 😉 Then you will know true pain..

If there is PMS in men is there a menopause as well?

Middle-aged men may experience symptoms as their natural levels of testosterone begin to fall. This condition, colloquially called andropause, is sometimes referred to as male menopause.

“When it comes to andropause, which does show up in the [anecdotal] research, the symptoms tend to be fatigue, low libido, and [it] tends to affect middle-aged men due to low testosterone levels,” Dr. Brito says.

IMS is experienced throughout the body and not just the crotch area.

 If a man is literally bleeding from their genitals?

The term male period or man-struation is used colloquially to refer to blood found in urine or feces. However, Dr. Brito says, bleeding from the male genitals is often the result of parasites or an infection. No matter where the blood is located, you need to see your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment plan as soon as possible.

Likewise, if you’re bleeding from your genitals, you should seek medical attention. This isn’t a form of a male period and instead may be a sign of an infection or other condition. 


Premenstrual Syndrome: Just before their periods women behave the way men do all the time ~ Robert A. Heinlein

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