Has your honey seemed a little out of it lately? Perhaps he’s, tired, a bit cranky and just not in the mood for love. Although it may be something simple like a tough day at work, it could actually be “irritable male syndrome.”

PMS for Men?

However, unlike PMS, IMS doesn’t happen on a cyclical basis like a woman’s premenstrual syndrome.

You might be tempted to think that irritable male syndrome (IMS) is just like PMS for men. In some ways, the two are quite similar. Both result in mood swings, fatigue, anxiety, brain fog and low libido. However, unlike PMS, IMS doesn’t happen on a cyclical basis like a woman’s premenstrual syndrome.

IMS is caused by a drop in the male hormone, testosterone. Sometimes referred to as “low T,” it is essentially a testosterone deficiency.

Other Signs, Symptoms and Risks

In addition to the low sex drive and other irritating issues, IMS has some other signs and symptoms—as well as risks.

If you notice that your man has experienced weight gain, muscle loss, or is showing signs of male pattern baldness, he could be suffering from low T. Men with this problem may also act out or display self-destructive behaviors such as drinking, gambling or overworking.

A lack of testosterone can also impact your honey’s health. The deficiency of this hormone can result in greater risks for bone fractures, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Several studies have shown higher mortality rates among men with IMS.

Dealing with IMS

If you suspect your man is suffering from IMS, encourage him to get his hormone levels checked by a doctor. If indeed his levels are low, there are ways to deal with it.

Hormone replacement is an option for most men. But if that’s not acceptable, your man can do some things to help boost his levels naturally.

One of the best ways to maintain testosterone is by staying trim. Weight gain and belly fat lead to a decrease in this hormone.

Getting adequate sleep is also important to keep testosterone levels up. According to one study, hormone levels dropped by more than 10 percent after a week, when sleeping only 5 hours per night.

Just like women, men also need to avoid endocrine disrupting toxins like BPA in plastic bottles and phthalates found in shaving creams, shampoos and lotions.

Finally, eating a nutritious balanced diet also goes a long way in balancing male hormones.

Once your man takes care of IMS, he’ll be back to his happy, healthy self!