Recently, psychologists have found that a woman’s happiness levels and sleep quality could be related to the quantity of semen going into her body during sex. Semen contains a range of mood-boosting and sleep-inducing hormones that enter a woman’s blood through her vagina, thus alleviating and elevating her mood. However, since unprotected sex comes with its own set of risks, it is advisable to approach this topic with reason and extreme caution.
According to research, semen could be a woman’s new favorite antidepressant. It appears that semen may contain high doses of chemicals that can boost the partner’s mood, happiness, and even improve the quality of sleep. Inevitably, this brings us to the next question:
How could the benefits of semen possibly outweigh the risks involved with unprotected sex?
Critics have definitely pointed out that this is an obvious flaw in the study since having a whole lot of children isn’t going to do anything positive for a woman’s mood or sleep schedule in the long run. Not to mention, there are dangers and risks of contracting sexually transmitted diseases with unprotected sex.
On the other hand, researchers suggest that if you are a woman in a long-term, monogamous relationship and are on birth control (unless you are actively trying to conceive), ditching the condom could have an uplifting impact on your mood. Unfortunately, the study failed to look into how this translates into same-sex relationships.
Details of the Study
In 2002, a team of psychologists at the State University of New York at Albany decided to look into the potential role of semen in curing depression in women.
In order to identify the possible connection between unprotected sex and a person’s overall happiness, 293 women were brought into SUNY Albany’s campus. They were then asked to complete the Beck Depression Inventory, which is a standard clinical test that helps determine depressive symptoms in a person.
What Did the Study Conclude?
The results declared that sexually active women who indulged in intercourse without a condom not only demonstrated significantly fewer depressive symptoms but also slept much better than those women who always or usually use condoms. The results also pointed out that women in the study who described themselves to be “promiscuous” and used condoms during intercourse regularly showed just as many depressive symptoms as those women who were practicing sexual abstinence. The psychologists suggest that it was the semen and not the sex that was responsible for boosting the happiness levels in women who were having intercourse without a condom.
What Exactly Does Semen Have to do with Mood?
Semen is a complex concoction of various compounds and the sperm makes up only a small percentage of that concoction. If you remove the sperm, you will be left with the seminal plasma, which is a fluid that contains a surprisingly large number of “mood altering” chemicals. Some of these mood-altering chemicals can pass through the vagina and are detected in the bloodstream almost immediately after intercourse.
There are six main compounds of interest in the seminal plasma. These are cortisol, estrogen, prostaglandins, oxytocin, melatonin, and serotonin. Estrogen, oxytocin, and prostaglandins have all been linked to inducing lower levels of depression. The chemical oxytocin, a hormone released by women during orgasm, birth, and breastfeeding, has been shown to trigger feelings of affection, which helps to promote social bonding. Melatonin is a sleep-inducing hormone and serotonin is regarded by science as the best known antidepressant neurotransmitter.
The combination of all these compounds in semen would definitely have a positive impact on a person’s mood and it is perhaps this after-effect that keeps women coming back for more. Therefore, it has been concluded that it is not just sex that makes women happier but their happiness could be related to the quantity of semen going into their bodies during the time of intercourse.
Another prevalent theory is that a woman’s body has the ability to detect and identify semen from long-term or recurrent partners. From an evolutionary point of view, there’s a huge advantage to a mate’s sperm inducing chemical feelings of closeness and affection.
Note: This topic should be approached with extreme caution. Not everyone can afford to have unprotected sex and casual sex should always be approached with protection. Just because semen may exhibit certain antidepressant properties does not mean one should indulge in sex with no forms of protection. Even with protection, sex can lead to pregnancy. If you are unhappy or depressed the immediate solution is not to ditch the condoms and have sex, but to seek out a medical professional. Contracting a sexually transmitted disease or an unwanted pregnancy may exasperate depression symptoms. Unprotected sex should never be used as a weapon against depression, only as a way to get to know your partner better.