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Unprotected & Oral Sex Makes Women Happy Due to Hormones in Semen

Researchers from SUNY Albany have published a study suggesting that semen can have anti-depressant effects on women who have frequent oral sex and intercourse without condoms.

Apparently, semen contains not just millions of tiny sperm but some lovely hormones: estrone and oxytocin are associated with elevated mood and increased bonding; serotonin can work like an antidepressant; melatonin induces sleep and cortisol promotes affection.

Hmm.

The study– published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior and led by a team of psychologists– surveyed of about 300 college-age women. The researchers found that women engaging in oral sex and sex-sans-condoms were happier than women practicing “safe sex” (sex with condoms). Women not having any sex and women using condoms had comparable levels of depression. The psychologists used the Beck Depression Inventory, a standard clinical test used to identify depressive symptoms.

The study also revealed that women with “seminal plasma” in their systems were better able to concentrate on cognitive tasks than women lacking this plasma.

I always love reading about the many fine features of the human body and I can imagine how evolution might have set it up so that sperm provides perks for the ladies but it’s worth noting that that this tiny study comes from the same sperm fanatic who reckons lots of sex and BJs during pregnancy can reduce symptoms of morning sickness.

So I ask you: A revelation about the perks of very spermy sex? Or just another dude shady on his sperm science?

 

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Ceridwen Morris (CCE) is a childbirth educator and the co-author of the pregnancy and birth guide From The Hips. Follow her blogging on Facebook.

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