"Male PMS": myth or reality?

The menstrual cycle exists to prepare the female reproductive organs for fertilization. A few days before and, in some cases, a few weeks after the onset of menstrual periods in the woman's body, an imbalance of hormones is observed. Those sensations that the woman is experiencing at this time, and received the name "premenstrual syndrome" or PMS.

Men do not have menstrual, headaches and swelling, which are subject to cyclic regularities. But their hormonal background can also change.

In fact, "male PMS" is not a medical concept, but an attempt by amateurs to find a similar term for describing a particular psychological condition caused by changes in hormones.

Men become irritable when they lose testosterone, and not vice versa

For the first time, the Scottish physician Gerald Lincoln drew attention to him and even suggested the name "irritable man syndrome" or CPM. In 2005, the therapist Jed Diamond in the book of the same name described for the first time in detail how CPM manifests itself and what processes are behind it.

"Contrary to popular belief, men become irritable when they lose testosterone, and not vice versa. Irritability, depression and withdrawal into themselves are a consequence of a lack of this hormone in the body, "explains Diamond.

Diamond advises men who might be affected by CPM, to track their hormonal cycles. "Each of us has this period in its own way, but we are quite able to prepare for it," the therapist notes. - The problem is that this phenomenon is not yet fully understood and studied. Many simply do not attach importance to this. "

The good news is that the male and female "cycles" can not affect each other, and the possibility of getting the symptoms from another is nothing more than a fantasy. "Our research has shown that only female hormonal cycles can be synchronized with each other. Manifestations of CPM can not cause a similar reaction in another man or woman if they live together, "Diamond reassures.

Is it possible to minimize the inconveniences associated with CPM? According to Diamond, the solution to this problem includes proper nutrition and exercise.Therapy may also include taking a testosterone hormone - in the event that its level in a male is consistently low.

Facts about hormonal fluctuations in men, which leads Diamond:

  • The testosterone level in men is subject to strong fluctuations - up to 4 or even 5 times per hour.
  • During the day, testosterone levels in men are different: in the morning it is usually elevated, and in the evening - reduced.
  • There are seasonal fluctuations of the hormone with a peak in November and a decrease in April.
  • At the age of 40-55 years, men come what we call men's menopause or andropause.
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