Women Who Have Unprotected Sex Are Happier, Smarter Thanks to Mood-Elevating Properties of Semen

I’m not sure what the appropriate response to this particular article and study is. This isn’t particularly new nor is it the first time I’ve heard of this study. We at The “Oh!” Face encourage safer sex practices and would note that exercise and sunshine are also good for keeping you happy so maybe keep the condom on and go out for a run after instead of forgoing the condom. I feel like unwanted pregnancy may be a contributing factor to not feeling so great but I’m no scientist. This is pretty awesome for people in long term monogamous relationships who forgo condom use because they aren’t as worried about infection etc.

Semen is known to contain such “mood-altering chemicals” as estrone and oxytocin, which elevate mood; cortisol, which promotes affection; serotonin, which acts as an antidepressant; and melatonin, which induces sleep.

As though dudes needed something else to love about their own dicks.

To measure the mood of survey participants, Gallup, Burch, and Platek had the women complete the Beck Depression Inventory, which is a standard clinical test used to assess depressive symptoms.

Nice that they include this. Happiness is a tough one to quantify wouldn’t you say?

Via Gawker

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