Women are often criticized as being more hormonal than men, but men actually experience many changes in their hormone levels as well. In fact, a man’s testosterone levels change on a daily basis, and many experts believe they also experience a monthly cycle.
After waking up, a man has his highest levels of testosterone. During this time of the day, he will be more alert and focused, but also has the potential to be easily angered. In the afternoon, testosterone reaches the middle of its cycle. During this time, a man’s mood mellows out, but he’s still very attentive and focused. In the evening, testosterone reaches its lowest point. During this time, the man is more mellow and agreeable, but his libido is at its lowest. Some men are able to achieve intimacy with their partners during this phase, but others are too tired to perform.
While evidence is clear that men go through a 24-hour hormonal cycle, it’s not quite as clear how their hormones change over the course of a month. Some experts believe that men go through a monthly cycle based on seasons. One study done in Norway found evidence that men experienced a drop-in hormone levels in the summer. In contrast, hormones were at their peak in the fall. These hormone changes may be due to the change in weather and weight gain fluctuations, but nobody has been able to find significant evidence that male hormones change with the seasons.
Other researchers believe that men just have a monthly cycle. Peter Celec, an endocrinologist at Comenius University in Slovakia, studied women’s and men’s testosterone levels as they relate to lunar rhythms. He even found that a man’s saliva level can skyrocket on around day 18 of a 30-day cycle. Although the research hasn’t been accepted in the medical community, he argues that if women didn’t menstruate at the end of their cycle, many would not be convinced they experienced monthly cycles either.
Life-Long Hormonal Changes
Men can also go through hormonal changes throughout the course of their lives. For instance, at the age of about 50, a man experiences a dramatic drop in testosterone levels. At this time, he may become bored with his life and seek out ways to boost his testosterone levels. This is often referred to as a midlife crisis but can be explained by a drop-in testosterone, which can cause men to enter a more depressive state.
Hormones are not only a problem for women. Although research isn’t definitive, it is clear that, on some level, a man’s hormones go through changes very similar to a woman’s. But, it is important to remember that testosterone is only one of the many hormones present in the male body. It’s also important to ensure that hormones stay as balanced as possible throughout the many body changes a man experiences in his life. Everybody is different, so if you’re a man and are experiencing changes in mood or a woman who is noticing dramatic mood changes in her partner, be sure to consult a doctor to ensure that hormone levels are at their best.