Confirmed: 26 percent of men have "man periods"

Well, 26 percent of British men, which is almost the same thing. I keed, I keed.

To cleanse the palate. If you’re a man and you find yourself regularly feeling irritable, tired, and bloated before bleeding out of your vagina, you might be experiencing a “man period.”

Men identified several PMS-related symptoms as indicators of their ‘man periods’, from constant hunger to general irritability.

Increased cravings, tiredness and a “bloated” feeling were also reported, with 12 pc confessing that they were “more sensitive about personal weight”. 5pc of respondents even reported suffering from “menstrual cramps”

The ‘man period’, which is formally known as ‘Irritable Male Syndrome’, has been heavily researched by Dr Jed Diamond, a specialist in male social patterns who staunchly maintains the condition’s existence. 

“It is assumed that women are hormonal and men are moved more by logic,” writes Diamond in his book, The Irritable Male Syndrome. “But men have a number of hormonal cycles and these affect their level of energy, anger, sex drive and irritability.”

It’s not clear from the story if men are experiencing these symptoms regularly or monthly, which seems like an important distinction when hypothesizing about a “man period.” Everyone feels bloated, irritable, and depressed from time to time, i.e. “regularly.” I root for the New York Jets; I feel that way pretty much every weekend. As for other men, maybe they’re around a woman with PMS and feel tired and grouchy because they’re experiencing “sympathy pains.” Or maybe they’re around a woman with PMS and feel tired and grouchy because … they’re around a woman with PMS.

Exit question: How might a man suffering his “man period” behave?

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David Strom 9:21 PM on March 24, 2023