Scientists have discovered a new way to fight depression, and it may be a lot closer to you than you think. After comparing the sex lives of about 300 students, researchers discovered that semen may have anti-depressant effects on people who have condomless sex. The new semen study was conducted by the Department of Psychology in the State University of New York, Albany.
However, the study only looked at the effects semen have on woman who had condomless sex. While it’s still to be determined what the effects may be on men, let’s look at what researchers found in this first study.
The State of University of New York, Albany conducted a study to compare the sex lives of about 300 students. The study analyzed the chemicals found within the students after having sex. They realized that the subjects who regularly had condomless sex were less depressed.
In addition, the results in the semen study found that seminal fluid contained chemicals that raised the moods of the subjects, allowed them to sleep easier and contained at least three anti-depressants. Earlier research shows that sperm contains chemicals like serotonin and melatonin, so that backs this theory up.
An excerpt from the study’s findings:
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.
We’re curious if semen in the rectum is absorbed similiary, more or less.
Now, we’re not saying to go out and have copious amount of condomless sex as a way to avoid getting your Lexapro scrip filled. However, it is interesting to know that semen has more effects on the body than just potentially transmitting STIs or making women pregnant.
Did the facts behind this semen study surprise you?
This story was originally published on Jan. 20, 2018