Just to ensure you keep reading, there’s actually possibly a condition called “semen withdrawal,” wherein a woman deprived of unprotected sex experiences a corresponding decrease in happiness. You’re welcome.
Not only were women included in a study “far more devastated and adversely affected [after a breakup] than those that were using condoms,” that particular notion is actually part of a far larger debate, as to whether there are natural anti-depressant qualities in semen. A doctor-guy who writes for other doctors even was fired over the debate when he quipped, insulting some female surgeons:
“So there’s a deeper bond between men and women than St. Valentine would have suspected, and now we know there’s a better gift for that day than chocolates.”
Okay, Dr. Lazar Greenfield, that’s just creepy. Popular Science aggregates much of the backstory that developed after a 2002 study of nearly 300 college women- some of whom had condomless sex, some of whom used a condom and some of whom abstained entirely. Interestingly, there was ‘no significant difference’ in depression rates between abstainers and condom users, which suggested to researchers that semen may be an influencing factor.
Popular Science also spoke to Gordon Gallup, an evolutionary psychologist at SUNY Albany- Gallup offered this assessment of the results:
“Seminal plasma evolved to control and manipulate the female reproductive system so as to work toward the best interests of the donor — the male,” Gallup explains. “If you begin to think about semen in those terms, then the fact that semen might have antidepressant properties becomes a lot more interesting in that it may promote bonding between the female and her sexual partner.” Such bonding, Gallup says, could increase the male’s chances of developing a long-term reproductive relationship with a female that would work to his reproductive advantage.”
So… semen as an anti-depressant is gaining some steam. You can read the full run down here– have you noticed and anecdotal effect?