Irritable Male Syndrome (IMS)

Irritable Male Syndrome (IMS)


Men also have PMS symptoms like women. It is called Irritable Male Syndrome (IMS).


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Irritable male syndrome (IMS) can be defined as a state of hypersensitivity, frustration, anxiety, and anger that occurs in males and is associated with biochemical changes, hormonal fluctuations, stress, and loss of male identity.

However, there is something entirely different called ‘IMS’ which stands for ‘Irritable Male Syndrome’ that can mimic the symptoms of PMS and make them act all moody. The term IMS was coined by psychotherapist Jed Diamond which describes why men fall prey to hormonal fluctuations.

According to NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information), “The irritable male syndrome (IMS) is a behavioral state of nervousness, irritability, lethargy, and depression that occurs in adult male mammals following the withdrawal of testosterone.”

There are a variety of reasons which cause these mood swings but the simplest one is fluctuation in testosterone levels, closely followed by a steep rise in stress levels. In fact, even the slightest changes in diet and biochemical changes can make guys really grumpy and angry. Secondly, the testosterone levels in men drop as they grow old, which can also be linked to his inwards moodiness.

However, the most interesting aspect of male PMS is that some link it to the sympathy that a man feels when the woman of his life, experiences PMS symptoms like anxiety, low self-esteem, and irritation.


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