We already know that there are many health benefits which come along with sex, but could there be more to it than what we already know?
Recently, psychologists have found that a woman’s happiness levels and sleep quality could be attributed to the quantity of semen going into her body during sex.
But before you toss those problematic condoms into the dustbin, here’s what you should know:
A study from the State University of New York interviewed 300 women about their sexual behaviour. These women were asked to fill out an anonymous questionnaire that addressed various aspects of their sexual behaviour, including how often they had sexual intercourse, when they last had sex, and whether or not they used condoms.
What did they find?
According to the research results, the researchers found a strong relationship with the usage of condoms and the female level of depression. Females who engaged in sexual intercourse without the use of condoms exhibited significantly lower depression level when compared to those who usually or always used condoms.
The researchers took other factors into consideration, like whether or not a woman was on birth control or any other type of contraceptive, or if she was in a relationship. Only the usage of condoms seemed to be the only thing that really had a direct relationship to the woman’s mood.
How exactly does semen help?
The results of the research shows that the vagina absorbs a number of components of semen that can be detected in the bloodstream within a few hours after an intercourse.
There are six main compounds of interest in the seminal plasma (it is the fluid portion of semen) namely, cortisol, estrogen, prostaglandins, oxytocin, melatonin, and serotonin. Estrogen, oxytocin, and prostaglandins are linked to reducing the levels of stress and depression. The chemical oxytocin is said 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.
How could the benefits possibly outweigh the risks that unprotected sex holds for many people?
One of the golden rules we have learned from our childhood is, if you are going to have casual sex, you should always, ALWAYS, use protection. This is the obvious flaw in the research. Even though the researchers say that unprotected sex can reduce female depression and increase the quality of sleep, having dozens of kids and getting sexually transmitted diseases probably aren’t good for a woman’s mood or sleep schedule. Regardless of the findings, this study does not advocate that people should abstain from using condoms.
Therefore researchers only suggest this methodology if you’re a woman in a monogamous relationship and taking birth control (or if you’re planning to get pregnant).
If you are someone who fall into the above said category, skipping the condom could do wonders for your mood.
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