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ICYMI: Women Who Have Unprotected Sex Are Happier? Say What Now?!

Now before anyone’s parent crucifies me for promoting unprotected sex, I am just reporting the findings of a study conducted at State University of New York (SUNY), Albany.

According to researchers from SUNY Albany, chemicals found in the male semen can have a positive effect on the physical and mental well-being of women who are habitually participating in unprotected sex. Like when engaging in sexual activity there are mood-altering chemicals that are released in an individual’s brain, semen also contains mood-altering chemicals.

Lead authors Gordon Gallup and Rebecca Burch, alongside University of Liverpool psychologist Steven Platek, conducted a survey of 293 sexual activity females. They also had participants complete a Beck Depression Inventory, which is a standard clinical test used to assess depressive symptoms. It was determined those who participate in sexual activity without a condom are not only happier, but also obtains higher scores on cognitive tests.

Chemicals that were found in semen were estrone and oxytocin (both mood elevators) cortisol (increases affection), melatonin (helps one sleep) and serotonin (an antidepressant).

Researchers wrote, “Not only were females who were having sex without condoms less depressed, but depressive symptoms and suicide attempts among females who used condoms were proportional to the consistency of condom use. For females who did not use condoms, depression scores went up as the amount of time since their last sexual encounter increased. These data are consistent with the possibility that semen may antagonize depressive symptoms and evidence which shows that the vagina absorbs a number of components of semen that can be detected in the bloodstream within a few hours of administration.”

In addition to discovering mood-elevating chemicals, researches learned a woman’s body is able to determine semen from a less frequent sex partner, which makes it harder for a woman to become pregnant from unknown sperm.

Last Thoughts: I am in no way shape or form promoting unprotected sex among adolescents and adults. However, if you are in a long-term relationship with a partner, make certain you both are tested and cleared of any sexually transmitted infections. 

What are your thoughts Primettes?

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