Talk:Irritable male syndrome

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Source? Who is Wightman? Googling "Wightmanism" only returns 2 unrelated hits in theoretical physics.-- (talk) 19:17, 27 June 2009 (UTC)

That diet looks a little strange. The percentages add up to 110%, and the article recommends you eat 35% fat in your diet--doesn't sound very healthy to me. What about fruits and vegetables? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Barev22 (talkcontribs) 16:40, 1 March 2010 (UTC)

Hey still figuring out how to use this thing... in related links you have an invalided source Fields, S. (n.d.). "Male PMS and Low Testosterone Levels Linked". Retrieved August 1, 2007, from You pulled this from another article, the link does not exist. I also researched the study it does not seem to exist. I tried AAAS highwire and my online college library source. What's up? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Nike a gogo80 (talkcontribs) 06:55, 21 June 2010 (UTC)


What is with the formatting of this article? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:26, 8 March 2010 (UTC)

I don't know, but I hate it too. It's also badly written. Youdontsmellbad (talk) 21:00, 24 March 2010 (UTC)

Copy Edit notes[edit]

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  • Requires substantial inclusion of studies in animals, which the article lead indicates is the primary focus, or needs completely rewritten from the human side, with a nod at animal studies.
  • Pretty much remains unsourced

Still not convinced it isn't a hoax... Men? Irritable? Can't be true... ;-) --Haruth (talk) 03:40, 13 April 2010 (UTC)

Popular Culture Section[edit]

There was a section outlining occurrences of general grumpy characters in film and television claiming. I removed this because the article discusses a medical condition known as Irritable Male Syndrome and the examples given were not examples of this medical condition appearing in popular culture, but were instead simply examples of grumpy characters in popular fiction. (talk) 22:51, 11 May 2011 (UTC)

There is an episode with a plot surrounding Hank's unlikely irritable male syndrome in the King of the Hill episode "The Incredible Hank." (talk) 04:11, 13 May 2014 (UTC) Noelle


the following is all unsourced. moved here per WP:PRESERVE. do not restore this without finding MEDRS sources and ensuring that content follows them per NPOV.


Symptoms for Irritable Male Syndrome will usually start out mild with the male not even realizing what is happening and will end up becoming exceedingly serious.

The main symptoms include hypersensitivity, anxiety, frustration, and anger. Hypersensitive males don’t realize the hypersensitivity and instead blame others for being irritating. Anxiety can result in the individual becoming fearful, feeling uncertain, or apprehensive. Frustration develops when the male feels like he is not getting what he wants and ends up feeling defeated. Anger is an emotion when males become hostile or displeased sometimes leading to depression.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Social Withdrawal
  • Mood Swings
  • Depression
  • Lack of Libidio
  • Hot flashes
  • Head and Back Aches
  • Sarcastic/Hostile Behavior
  • Emotional Intensity
  • Tense
  • Argumentative
  • Frustrated
  • Demanding
  • Impatient
  • Unloving
  • Defensive
  • Loss of Muscle Mass and Bone Density
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes

Irritable Male Syndrome has one major cause and that is a decreasing level of testosterone in the male body. Although that occurs naturally at approximately 0.5% a year, the change is just big enough to cause a notable difference in behavior. The male sex hormone testosterone fluctuates as frequently as every hour, therefore establishing a lack of concreteness where the average amount of testosterone is concerned. However, it is known that males’ levels of testosterone skyrocket during puberty and plateau somewhere around middle adulthood. After the plateau period ends, that is where Irritable Male Syndrome may come in to play. With less testosterone in the male body, often a larger amount of estrogen is produced. With the rise in estrogen comes a rise in the probability of irritability and some of the other symptoms associated with IMS.

Along with aging, weight gain can also be considered a cause of IMS because fat cells hold more estrogen, therefore reducing the overall amount of testosterone in a male’s body. Although aging and improper lifestyles may be causes of IMS, they are surely not the only ones. Often men who do not practice good health, take certain medications, or are frequently stressed are at a much higher probability for gaining IMS than their other male counterparts. Cortisol, the stress hormone, adds to the force of estrogen which replaces testosterone. Andropause, which could be considered the equivalent to menopause, is essentially the gradual decline in the testosterone levels of males as they age. This, paired with extra sources of testosterone reduction can heighten the chances of IMS in males.


Treatment for IMS is very simple. Like any other disorder or syndrome, the earlier it is detected the better. The first step in treating IMS if one believes they are plagued with it is to have a hormone test done to evaluate the current hormone levels in the body. If the results indicate that there may be a possibility of IMS, men have a number of choices on how to remedy it. One choice is to simply lose weight. Lessening the number of fat cells in the body would most likely reduce the amount of estrogen being produced, thus creating more testosterone and balancing the situation easily. This can be done by going on a tailored nutrition plan and participating in regular exercise.

Another potential way to treat IMS is by using hormone treatments such as hormone replacements. It is frequently used in women who are suffering with menopause to help return the equilibrium to their sex hormones. The same can be done with a man only instead of giving him more estrogen, he would receive more testosterone. Doing so would restore the balance to the sex hormones and make his life one of a better quality. Ultimately Irritable Male Syndrome is one that can be easily adjusted and accounted for so long as the male seeks help from a physician of some sort. So long as his testosterone levels remain about the same, IMS should only slightly affect him or not affect him at all.


-- Jytdog (talk) 00:48, 22 December 2016 (UTC)


gah, cannot even comment on the Diamond idea. Jytdog (talk) 01:42, 22 December 2016 (UTC)

Why did you remove the Charlton (2004) reference?[1] Praemonitus (talk) 02:45, 22 December 2016 (UTC)
It is not OK per MEDRS. That journal is not indexed by any of the major indexing services. We look for high quality refs. I found some content and added it. Jytdog (talk) 04:40, 22 December 2016 (UTC)


WAID, all I can say to this is wow. I would never do that. But hm. Jytdog (talk) 05:39, 22 December 2016 (UTC)

It's a bold edit, to be sure. Feel free to respond with an equally bold edit.  :-) WhatamIdoing (talk) 05:46, 22 December 2016 (UTC)
This popular science article might be handy for getting a quick overview of scientific consensus (as of 14 years ago; I've found little since that covers the subject rather than promoting testosterone sales). The point that seemed most salient is that there are reasons to think that the speed and depth of the decline (e.g., the immediate 90% drop in testosterone levels produced by castration) may be the most important factor. I'd like to find some numbers about just how much the hormone levels change seasonally in sheep. WhatamIdoing (talk) 18:02, 22 December 2016 (UTC)