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Is It Your Man’s Time of the Month?

Every woman knows just how difficult their “time of the month” can be. However, what many women don’t realize is that men can also experience hormonal changes. Although men will not bleed, nor will they experience all of the same symptoms as women, these hormonal shifts can have some pretty notable side effects, especially with mood and irritability.

Some call it the “man period” others call it Irritable Male Syndrome, either way, it can be quite similar to a woman’s PMS. Here’s a little more insight into the “man period” and a few facts that can help you gain a better understanding of what it entails.

  1. Men’s testosterone levels tend to spike in the fall and drop in the spring. During March, April and May, men in general, tend to have lower levels of T which can impact their mojo and lead to more outbursts, emotional instability, irritability and fluctuation in mood.
  2. Men experience similar symptoms to women when they go through hormonal imbalances. Many of them are similar to the female menstrual cycle including tiredness, cramps, increase sensitivity and cravings. According to one study, around 26 % of men experience these regular “man periods.”
  3. Men have hormonal cycles. While they may not be the same type of “monthly” cycles that women have, men have hormonal cycles. Typically, testosterone levels are higher in the morning and lower at night.
  4. There is more research needed. Unfortunately, according to many experts in the field. People aren’t studying and taking the “male period” as seriously as they should be, and more research is needed on the topic.
  5. Lifestyle changes can help with the side effects of irritable male syndrome. In addition to managing symptoms as they come, finding ways to relieve stress is important for men who are dealing with these hormonal changes. This includes exercise, eating a healthy diet and avoiding alcohol and smoking, all of which can help keep symptoms at bay.
  6. There may be treatments. While some men will experience rapidly changing hormonal levels, there are others who are experiencing these symptoms because they have decreasing levels of Testosterone in the body. These levels tend to decline with age, and can severely impact behavior, mood and sex drive. If you have low T levels, you can get hormonal treatments through creams, patches, pills, and shots that can help rebalance your levels.

If you are interested in learning more about these hormonal changes or different hormonal treatments for men, the pros here at LT Men’s Clinic can help. We have a variety of testosterone treatments available. Give us a call at 817-369-3605 to learn more or schedule an appointment today!