Men do not have menstrual periods, but they do have cycles and fluctuations in their reproductive systems too. Learn more here.
Have you ever wondered if the male reproductive system goes through similar cycles to women's periods? Around 10% of men and women in the United States have experienced infertility, so it's helpful to know as much as you can about the reproductive system to give yourself the best chance of conceiving.
Do Men Have Periods?
In short, the answer is no—if we're going by the traditional definition of a period, which is vaginal bleeding that occurs as part of a woman's menstrual cycle.
But if we broaden the definition to mean "a bodily process that affects fertility for a period of time", then men start to enter the equation.
A Male Fertility Cycle?
Do men have a fertility cycle? The answer, surprisingly, is yes. It's not necessarily as regular as menstruation, but it may affect male fertility.
Men may experience a condition referred to as irritable male syndrome, which is often compared to PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome). Symptoms of irritable male syndrome (IMS) include tiredness, depressed mood, and anxiousness. It’s associated with a change in testosterone levels and is seen in many mammals. It’s not as predictable as a menstrual cycle, but the symptoms may be similar.
Since IMS is related to testosterone levels, having symptoms may indicate low testosterone. It’s helpful to speak to a healthcare professional to figure out if and why your testosterone levels changed.
There are also a number of ways you can support a healthy testosterone level, including:
- Lifestyle factors: Sticking to a nutritious diet, maintaining a healthy weight, decreasing alcohol intake, and being physically active are ways to improve overall health and wellness and maintain healthy testosterone levels.
- Mental health: Stress is linked to decreased testosterone and low sperm production, so taking good care of your mental health also supports reproductive health.
- Underlying conditions: Taking care of underlying medical conditions, like diabetes, high blood pressure, and varicocele (enlarged veins in the testes) helps your testes function properly.
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