Sex: A Powerful Antidepressant
Sex and chronic depression share a complicated relationship. Depression robs you of your sexual desires and drains you of your motivation as it steals your ability to find yourself attractive. However, did you also know that sex may act as a buffer against the effects of chronic depression? Yes - It's possible!
Researchers in the department of psychology at the State University of New York in Oswego conducted a recent study on how human physiology is impacted by exposure to semen. They tested their theory that exposure to semen may help serve as a natural antidepressant, and the results of their study suggest that exposure to semen may stimulate the release of hormones that boost your mood. Especially for women.
The study involved college-age women and their use of condoms during sex. The researchers concluded that the women who did not use condoms were less likely to be depressed. They also learned that these same women were more likely to become depressed, the more time they went without having sex.
This study was targeted towards women, but the researchers collected data on men too. They found that sex can boost their mood as well, but upon analyzing men who both use and do not use condoms the researchers found no difference in their symptoms of depression. However, they also discovered that men who did not have sex showed significant signs of depression. The researchers acknowledge that the relationship between sex and depression still has many questions left to be answered.
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For Men: Is lack of sex causing depression or is lack of sex caused by depression symptoms?
For Women: If they are suffering from clinical depression, is having unprotected sex a form of positive or negative self medication?
With this study discovering the possible mood boosting effects of semen, caution needs to be noted to the dangers of unprotected sex. In addition to obvious dangers of exposure to sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies, low self-esteem is associated with risky sex. It is important to know that even while wearing condoms, both men and women alike benefit from the effects of orgasms to their moods. They can also both benefit from the emotional bond that comes from an intimate relationship.
Tips to Breakthrough Depression
If depression is stopping your sex life and robbing you of the benefits it can have on your mood, revive it! Make some lifestyle changes such as limiting your regular consumption of alcohol, and look into medication as an option to deal with your depression. Be conscious to address any sexual side effects of antidepressants early in treatment.
Get creative and put forth effort. Not only to enjoy sex and its benefits, but to reconnect with your partner. Get in the mood with candles and sexy clothing. Make plans for a date and seduce your partner with erotic music. This will force you to put forth effort to connect when you feel less motivated due to your depression. Plan a relaxing and fun date activity. The anticipation alone is an aphrodisiac. Remember that stress and depression are linked, so relax, have fun, and feel sexy. A candle light dinner, romantic music, a beautiful location, and the two of you together. Such an ambience may turn your sex life up.
- Jeff Stein
Sexual desires are the most potent and most powerful physiological drivers for both men and women. Sexual desires are not just physical but oh so emotional and mental. They challenge every fiber of our individual beings, yet they are more comfortable and dependent upon the responses of others.
In my relationship with my spouse, I believe it is very evident, even to our now older children, when we have not had sex for an inordinate amount of time. I become cranky. I become aloof. I can easily become self-absorbed and then lack confidence in the relationship I have with my wife.
Likewise for her, when we have not made time for intimacy, the spiritual and mental demons attack to say, “You are getting older. He isn’t interested in you any more. You’re not as pretty as you once were.”
All of these characteristics combined with the busyness of life can result in a very exhausted couple, which has become even more exasperated with life and one another. This leads to little or no effort being made to nourish and fertilize the relationship. The outcome is two discouraged, depressed, and tired people who just need to intentionally express their love, appreciation, compassion, and perhaps more so their carnal desires for one another.
No matter how far we as a couple drift apart over any amount of time. It is always amazing and exciting how close we become after just one morning, afternoon, or night of sexual intimacy. It seems to wipe away all of the distress and depression, at least for the moment.
Is Sex an Antidepressant? (n.d.). Retrieved December 3, 2014, from http://www.everydayhealth.com/depression/is-sex-an-antidepressant.aspx
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