Cosmopolitan posed the question: Do guys get periods? And um, no. No, they don’t, because menstruation is physically impossible if you don’t have female equipment down there.
Apparently the only time Cosmo thinks women get moody is when we have PMS, because when they asked if guys get periods, they cited dudes getting moody and “PMS-y” as the reason. The article goes on to explain that guys can get IMS–Irritable Male Syndrome. No, really. Because if a guy is cranky, it’s not because he’s cranky.
Cosmo says guys can actually experience “sympathy PMS,” which is when they start feeling emotional and moody at the same time as their girlfriend has PMS. Guys can also get IMS, which is sort of a ridiculous name, when their testosterone levels drop. (Typically, testosterone levels are highest in the morning and can fluctuate throughout the day.)
Here’s the thing–lots of women get mood swings when we’re not PMSing (for example, as a Jets fan, I pretty much have one giant mood swing for the duration of football season), and guys can be grumpy jerks without having a stupid syndrome attached to it. Cosmo advises that if your guy is being a “beotch” and you think he’s on his period (Christ, seriously?), to “cut him some slack” because “we do it too around that time of the month.”
But that implies that neither we nor our guys are responsible for our own behavior just because our hormones can fluctuate. If you’re a monster to your guy when you’re PMSing or if he’s a douchebag to you when he’s IMSing (ugh, really?), maybe you’re just a monster and he’s just a douchebag. There aren’t always three-letter excuses for that.
Do you think guys get periods? Do you think guys can get PMS? Do you think IMS is a load of crap like I do? Tell us in the comments!