Surprise! Dads-to-Be Are Hormonal Too

Save article
ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Updated
Jan 2017
Hero Image
Photo: Getty Images

If you’re going to blame your short temper and wild cravings on hormones, you better cut your guy some slack, too.

In an extensive study on first-time expectant couples, it was discovered guys are prone to hormonal changes just like pregnant women. As expected, female hormones increased across the board: testosterone, cortisol, estradiol and progesterone. Not so expected, the men saw a significant drop in their testosterone and estradiol levels.

“Other studies have shown that men’s hormones change once they become fathers, but our findings suggest that these changes may begin even earlier, during the transition to fatherhood,” said Dr. Robin Edelstein, lead author of the study published in the American Journal of Human Biology. “We don’t yet know exactly why men’s hormones are changing; these changes could be a function of psychological changes that men experience as they prepare to become fathers, changes in their romantic relationships, or even physical changes that men experience along with their pregnant partners.”

Until more studies are done to find out why this is happening, we’re going to make a wild guess that maybe he’s softening up because he’s falling even more in love with you.

Related Video
Save article

Pregnant Bindi Irwin Shares Pregnancy Update and Sonogram Picture

Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
09/14/2020

Study Shows Which Expectant Dads May Adjust Easier to Fatherhood

Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
07/02/2020

BabyNames.Com Posts Powerful Image to Support Black Lives Matter

Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
06/10/2020

These Are the Best Feel Good Movies of All Time, Streaming Service Says

Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
03/27/2020

Mom-to-Be Shay Mitchell Makes Boyfriend Wear Pregnancy Suit to Relate

Laurie Ulster
Contributing Writer
Published
09/05/2019

Meghan Markle Made Her Ex-Husband Sign a Pregnancy Contract, According to Sources

Stephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
Published
10/31/2018
Article removed.