A new study claims that oral sex is good for women’s health and could stave off depression! The survey was carried out by the State University of New York on 293 females. It claims that that seminal fluid contains chemicals that increases affection, induces sleep and contains at least three anti-depressants. The researchers also claimed that women who have regular unprotected sex are less depressed and show better cognition!
Along with sperm, semen contains cortisol, which is known to increase affection, estrone, an estrogen which elevates mood and oxytocin, which also elevates mood, the Daily Mail reported. It also contains thyrotropin-releasing hormone (another antidepressant), melatonin (a sleep-inducing agent), and even serotonin (perhaps the best-known antidepressant neurotransmitter).
Because of the presence of the aforementioned ingredients, the researchers hypothesised that women having unprotected sex tend to be less depressed. To analyse the anti-depressive effects of semen, the authors rounded up 293 college females from the university’s Albany campus, who agreed to fill out an anonymous questionnaire about various aspects of their sex lives.
Recent sexual activity without condoms is seen as an indirect measure of seminal plasma present in a woman’s body. Each participant also completed the Beck Depression Inventory, a commonly used clinical measure of depressive symptoms. The most significant findings from this study were that, even after adjusting for frequency of sexual intercourse, women who engaged in sex and “never” used condoms showed significantly fewer depressive symptoms than did those who “usually” or “always” used condoms.
Importantly, these chronically condom-less, sexually active women also evidenced fewer depressive symptoms than did those who abstained from sex altogether. By contrast, sexually active heterosexual women, including self-described “promiscuous” women, who used condoms were just as depressed as those practicing total abstinence.
The research suggests it is not just that women who are having sex are simply happier, but happiness appears to be a function of the seminal fluid pulsing through one’s veins.
The study was published in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour.
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