Welcome to a little section we like to call: insanely stupid study results of the week! Because here you were thinking that people who use condoms just didn’t want any more kids (or any at all)?
Wrong! A psychologist at a Scottish university says condom users are ripe for suicide and depression!
All this over a thin sheet of latex? Do tell.
Says Professor Stuart Brody (via the Daily Telegraph): “Possible explanations for the interference of condoms with the health benefits of penile-vaginal intercourse include the blocking of antidepressant and immunological agents in semen and genital secretions [and] reduced sexual satisfaction and intimacy.”
Oh ho, but that’s not all. In addition to the thoughts of suicide and depression, the good professor says condom users are more likely to be “emotionally immature” and not using them will improve your mental health.
So, ladies and gents, is it time to stop patting yourself on the back for being mature enough to hold off on the emotions of the moment long enough to open up that foil packet?
Of course not – because guess who is else is at a heightened risk of depression? Parents-to-be dealing with an unwanted pregnancy! Studies have shown that through all three trimester, that’s the leading cause of depression in pregnant women (followed by previous history, psychosocial stressors, etc.). Maternal suicide rates have also been linked to unwanted pregnancies for both youth fretting family alienation and older women worried over the social stigma.
And what else are those condoms blocking, Prof? Oh yeah, STDs. Anyone want to weigh in on what kind of depression rates exist for people with incurable HIV? Women whose chlamydia or gonorrhea caused their infertility?
The prof (who is American born) says he doesn’t want to bend to political correctness if it’s going to compromise the name of science. Fair enough, but he’s perfectly comfortable ignoring good science rather than political correctness?
I’d take my chances on missing out on the immunilogical agents in a guy’s sperm if I didn’t want to be cooking a bun in my oven. What say you?