Did you know that sperm is an anti-depressant?
One study showed that women who were having sex without the use of a condom were less depressed then women who used condoms. Now living in the age that we are living in with all sorts of nasty bugs crawling about, this posting in no way condones treating depression with unsafe sex. Let’s face it, if you do that and you do get something unpleasant, you are going to be far more depressed than you are now. But for those of you who may be suffering from bouts of mood-swings and are sure about your partners (and visa versa) maybe it is time to toss away the raincoat and see how that lifts your mood.
What the study found was that semen may antagonize depressive symptoms and some evidence suggests that the vagina absorbs a number of components found in semen that can
be found in the bloodstream within a few hours of “injection”. One of these components is called prostaglandins which other studies have found may indeed actually be useful in treating
Semen also contains hormones such as testosterone, estrogen, prolactin, and luteinizing hormone, some of these are absorbed through the walls of the vagina and are known to elevate mood.
For those not using condoms, depression scores increased with the time since they last had sex. I get depressed when I go too long without sex as well but I’m pretty sure lack of semen is not the reason.
Another possible reason for the depression lifting powers of semen is the fact that for most women, no condom means better stimulation, and better stimulation releases endorphins,
which make a person feel better.
It may also be that couples who are comfortable not using a condom are more likely in a stable relationship and stable relationships tend to denote stable people or at least stable situations and support networks. In other words, people who are less prone to depression.
The people who conducted the study conceded that women who regularly have sex without condoms might share personality traits that make them less susceptible to depression. But the behavior most often associated with non-condom users is sexual risk-taking, and studies have found no correlation between high-risk sexual behavior and lower rates of depression.
So make of this what you will.
Now of course the big question is, would this miracle depression drug be better taken orally?
What I get out of all this is, in the interests of your significant other’s mental and emotional well being, you should be having sex more often. It’s the least you can do right?