The research was done by psychologists from the State University Of New York. It revealed that absorption of semen by the female body correlates with fewer symptoms of depression.
It is a known fact that regular sex keeps you happy in general and is also supposed to be very good for your health. When people talk about sex, most people mention how they need to practice safe sex and use a condom. However, recent research conducted by a team from the University of Albany suggested that absorption of semen by the female body helps treat depression in women. Depression is a serious matter and needs to be given a lot of attention to. When someone is diagnosed with depression, the people around them, especially their loved ones need to be there for them and support them other than just expecting their therapists to handle everything. Well, here's one new way for the men to help their female partners who have been diagnosed with depression. Sex! Most people would agree that it makes them happy but does it helps treat depression? Now that's something that is going to get people excited.
The team of researchers found out that the absorption of semen by the female body correlates with fewer symptoms of depression. The team conducted anonymous surveys of 300 female students. Each participant completed a survey about her intimate activities including frequency of intercourse, last intercourse, and how regularly the participant uses condoms. The students who did not use condoms while having sex showed significantly lower scores on their tests, which means that they have lesser symptoms of depression and that they are less depressed as compared to women who used condoms.
For this to be effective, the researchers say that the semen needs to be obtained during sexual activities and not from labs where semen is stored. How does that work? Well, semen, when consumed during oral sex, stimulates the frontal cortex, the part of the brain where higher level thinking takes place, and the same area that many pleasurable drugs stimulate. After completion of oral sex, levels of oxytocin, a chemical that improves mood, are off the chart. Participants also scored more highly on intelligence tests after completion of oral sex.
However, handjobs result in people becoming more depressed. Well, don't stop with the hands then, just go all the way. It's best for both the partners involved. The research was conducted at the State University of New York Albany by professor Gordon Gallup and Rebecca Burch. Their survey was conducted on women who were straight and who were lesbians and one of the main differences in their sex lives at the end of the activity was the exposure to semen. They believe that semen is best known for what is not absorbed by the vaginal tissue, in other words, sperm, which swim through it on their way into the fallopian tubes where fertilization takes place.
Apparently, only three percent of semen is comprised of sperm. The rest of it is mostly water, and around fifty compounds: sugar (to nourish sperm), immunosuppressants (to keep women's immune systems from destroying sperm), and oddly, two female sex hormones, and many mood-elevating compounds: endorphins, estrone, prolactin, oxytocin, thyrotropin-releasing hormone, and serotonin. They say that the vaginal tissue is very absorptive and is richly endowed with blood and lymph vessels. There are a lot of mood-elevating compounds that are found in semen and hence, exposure to it results in an elevated mood, and in less depression.
However, among females who are still in college or in their early twenties, risky sex results in lesser self-esteem and a depressed mood. Risky sex is sexual intercourse that does not include using a condom. In fact, it is not just more depression but the intensity of depression is also higher, sometimes even makes people suicidal. The study that was conducted on the women, included women who used condoms regularly, those who sometimes did not, and those who used condoms very rarely or never and among women who "always" or "usually" used condoms, about 20 percent reported suicidal thoughts, but among those who used condoms only "sometimes," the figure was much lower, 7 percent, and among women who "never" used condoms, only 5 percent reported suicidal thoughts.
So it appears quite possible that the antidepressants in semen might have a real mood-elevating effect. However, the reason it does not help at times is that of the scare of unwanted pregnancies. Or even the chances of catching sexually transmitted diseases. We need to remember that in addition to antidepressant compounds, semen also contains two female sex hormones, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). FSH spurs egg maturation in the ovary. LH is involved in triggering ovulation.
"Regardless of the findings, this study does not advocate that people abstain from using condoms," said Professor Gallup. "Protecting oneself from an unwanted pregnancy or a sexually transmitted disease is far more important." However, the research does not say that the semen needs to be absorbed only during intercourse. Even oral sex helps in treating depression. So that removes the fear of getting pregnant.
There are other benefits of semen that people aren't aware of. Other recent findings from Gallup’s laboratory suggest that semen-exposed women perform better on concentration and cognitive tasks and that women’s bodies can detect 'foreign' semen that differs from their long-term or recurrent sexual partner’s signature semen.