Men have been making jokes about women and throwing out the “b” card for years because of their outbursts, and mood swings before their monthly cycle. Women are now reporting their significant other acts like he has PMS because of the way he is acting. They claim he is showing periods of anger and irritability, mood swings, hot flashes, etc. While men do not have monthly cycles like women, there are times in the month they appear to be more irritated and frustrated. In some studies it has been referred to a IMS (irritable male syndrome).
A study conducted in London by the University of Derby found some interesting research. Dr. Aimee Aubeeluck carried out the study and stated, “We asked 50 men and 50 women lots of questions about symptoms normally associated with PMS and we found men actually scored higher than women apart from the water retention”. This is an interesting thought to ponder. It is simply not possible for men to experience PMS, but the IMS does create some thought. Men do experience a lot of stress in their mid-life which might account for their change in behavior. Women do not understand the change in behavior and why this is occurring. They will sometimes blame themselves and wonder: “Why is he taking things out on me. What did I do wrong”?
Many things begin to change in mid-life for men do to a lower level of testosterone. Testosterone is the source of sperm production, sex drive, and muscle tone. Some of the symptoms might include: anti-social behaviors, poor concentration, depression, low sex drive, hot flashes, headaches, and back pan. They might also experience stomach cramps, loss of physical strength, loss of energy and loss of confidence. When these things begin to occur, they become frustrated and women are beginning to notice the changes in behavior but often times do not understand. It is important to support men when they go through these periods in their lives just as they should support women going through PMS. When they do not get the support they desire, they may go elsewhere. Thus, causing relationships to become broken and leaving women stunned and wondering what happened.
Treatments are available for men experiencing IMS (also called Andropause) just as they are for women experiencing PMS. Testosterone Therapy Treatments do help with some of the feelings a man needs to gain the confidence he had in his earlier years. It is important to remember that a man’s identity is wrapped up in his ability to perform and provide. When he feels he is doing his job or perfoming, he may feel depressed, frustrated and inadequate. This is why it is important he knows your feelings of love for him and you are there to support him no matter what. A committed relationship always works with a little understanding and give and take from each other.