MENstruation: Do Guys Get Periods Or PMS?

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If a guy is moody, it doesn’t mean he gets periods or PMS. It means he’s moody. | Source: Shutterstock

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 IMSIrritable 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!

 

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5 Comments

  1. avatarFoxxyRoxxy says:

    Even though guys don’t menstruate, I really think they have douche-y moodswings. I’m not saying that they should be cut slack for being douchebags. They don’t have to deal with cramps and bloating and fatigue and the list goes on. SUCK IT UP CUPCAKE! YOU’RE JUST BEING A BUTT! Low testosterone my left ovary!

  2. avatarBelieve it 100% says:

    Honestly,I don’t believe it’s a load of crap.Being with my husband for over 2 1/2 years, he gets irritable at the same time as when i’m on my period.I can be in the best mood and his just goes from nice to complete asshole.I don’t know if I would call it IMS (sounds like a tacky label to me) but I do think they are onto something.

  3. avatarElise says:

    Here, here! I second what k has to say. Don’t forget about the T’s
    (lmao Buck Angel and all the other ftm’s, and just because MTF’s aren’t biological cis-females doesn’t mean they don’t get their ups and downs- many are single and don’t conform to ANYone else’s PMS or IMS…. they have their own medium and internal “totm.”c :)

    • avatarDragon Chi says:

      Know what’s crazy is I am MTF And had some weird mood swings today, craving for chocolate, and cramps. One of my friends suggested it might be like how some women wish to be pregnant so greatly they experience symptoms of pregnacy.

  4. avatark says:

    Some guys do menstruate though ! Not every single male-identifying person has to have a penis.
    This site seems pretty friendly to lgb folks… don’t forget about the t!

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