Up in Smoke: Female Sex Withdrawals

By Vanessa Butler

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Despite the fact that this study was conducted in the early 2000s, it seems that news about a link between semen and depression hits the web almost yearly. For those of you who haven’t heard, a psychologist at the State University of New York found that women who had sex without condoms and came in contact with semen during intercourse were less likely to have suicidal tendencies or bouts of depression. Those who did use condoms, or were not sexually active, were more likely to suffer these two mental illnesses.

Surveying 293 college women who used various forms of contraception, study author Gordon G. Gallup also found that women who switched to using condoms in a relationship became depressed faster than those who continued using condoms. Semen comprises various hormones like testosterone, estrogen, prolactin, luteinizing hormone and prostaglandins, which are known to alleviate a woman’s mood once in contact with her skin. Because of this, Gallup’s survey also showed that many women who did not use condoms and had recently ended a relationship tended to seek out mates more quickly than others, alluding to the concept of semen addiction.


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