Yes, Men Have Hormonal Cycles Too!
Article by: B.J. Lehecka, DPT, PhD
Contribution by: Some data suggest males average a 17% cyclic increase in testosterone every 20-22 days. Those cyclic periods ranged from 8-30 days and 9-28% of average testosterone levels in study participants. Evidence also suggests peak testosterone levels in males may be more likely on weekends or in 28-day full-moon intervals (among males trying to conceive with a female partner). Although there is other evidence that male testosterone levels do not change in relation to a partner’s ovulation.
Testosterone concentration in males is higher in the fall, peaks in December, and is lowest in the late winter and spring, with a difference of about 35% between the high and low points.
Daily testosterone secretion appears to peak during sleep. 5-7 In men 30-40 years old, testosterone levels were 20-25% higher at 8:00 AM compared to 4:00 PM (the difference declined to 10% at 70 years old). Multiple studies support the notion that sleep loss suppresses testosterone secretion. Poorer sleep quality is associated with lower testosterone concentrations, and sleep loss may have a more prominent effect on testosterone levels in older individuals (who generally demonstrate lower levels than younger men). Testosterone also appears to fluctuate in response to ejaculation abstinence. Fluctuations were minimal 2-5 days following ejaculation but exhibited a clear peak (without significant further fluctuation) on the 7th day of abstinence, reaching 145.7% of the first day of abstinence’s baseline level on average.
What This Means for Addiction Recovery
Additional thoughts from Heather:
So many men trying to quit porn or masturbation just can’t seem to get past that 7-day point or that 30-day or their addiction seems to come and go in seasons. Recognizing and accepting your body’s natural cycles, however, can play a pivotal role in addiction recovery.
Somedays will inevitably be harder than other, as you’ve likely noticed. Knowing what your body is going through though can be a powerful tool. Rather than allowing heightened urges as a breaking point, it’s important to accept them as “passing hormones” that will do just that–pass.
It’s normal, it’s natural, and it’s something you can and will get through.
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