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Condom-Free Sex Good For Women’s Mental Health, Studies Show

Research indicates that women who are regularly exposed to semen are happier.

Unprotected sex has long been touted as dangerous, since the risk for sexually transmitted disease and unplanned pregnancies abound. Now, new research claims that unprotected intercourse — as well as oral sex — have physical and mental health benefits for men and women. In particular, women who have sex without a condom often benefit from semen’s “mood-altering chemicals.”

Researchers Gordon Gallup and Rebecca Burch of New York’s State University at Albany worked with Steven Platek of the University of Liverpool on the project.

Semen naturally has a powerful list of ingredients, including estrone and oxytocin, which are known “mind-altering” drugs. Semen also contains cortisol, which promotes affection, and melatonin, which promotes sleep. It even includes antidepressants prolactic. Since semen has such a rich ingredient base, researchers predicted that women who have unprotected sex should get a boost from these ingredients as well. Theoretically, women should be less depressed and more satisfied than women who prevent semen from entering their bodies.

Surveys asserted that the researchers’ hunch was correct.

Surveys assessing the sex lives and mental health of 293 college females showed that participants who had unprotected sex showed significantly fewer depressive symptoms than women who “usually” or “always” used condoms.

Surprisingly, the study showed that very promiscuous women who used condoms were just as depressed as women who practice total abstinence. This suggests that it is semen, not sex, that makes women happier.

Previous research adds to the case, suggesting that women exposed to semen have better concentration and do better at cognitive tasks. Research also states that a woman’s body can tell the different between “foreign” semen and semen from a long-term or recurrent sexual partner, suggesting that women may be designed signal an dis-invested partner who may be unlikely to stick around long enough to produce offspring.

Previous findings also suggest that women exposed to semen perform better on concentration and cognitive tasks and that a woman’s body is able to detect ‘foreign’ semen that differs from their long-term or recurrent sexual partner’s signature semen.

Additionally, women who have unprotected sex with their partners experience more severe depression after a break-up than those who were not as regularly exposed to an ex-partner’s semen.

Stuart Brody, leading psychologist and professor at the West of Scotland University believes that mankind is “biologically programmed” to enjoy unprotected sex more, since is gives heterosexual couples an evolutionary advantage and maximizes the chances of procreation.

Brody’s study on the topic, to be published in the academic journals Archives of Sexual Behaviour, angered groups trying to promote safe sex and consistent condom use. However, Brody argues, “Evolution is not politically correct, so of the very broad range of potential sexual behavior, there is actually only one that is consistently associated with better physical and mental health and that is the one sexual behavior that would be favored by evolution. That is not accidental.”

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