In fact, they found ingredients in semen that include mood enhancers like estrone, cortisol, prolactin, oxytocin, and serotonin; a sleep enhancer, melatonin; and of course, sperm, which makes up only 1%-5%. Delivering these compounds into the richly vascularized vagina also turns out to have major salutary effects for the recipient. Female college students having unprotected sex were significantly less depressed than were those whose partners used condoms (Arch. Sex. Behav. 2002;31:289-93). Their better moods were not just a feature of promiscuity, because women using condoms were just as depressed as those practicing total abstinence. The benefits of semen contact also were seen in fewer suicide attempts and better performance on cognition tests.
The article didn't excite the publishers as they received numerous complaints. Now referred to as 'Semengate,' Surgery News then played the old In-And-Out with it - removing it from their online archives as Dr. Greenfield resigned due to the threat of protests.
Now a State University of New York study "which scientists carried out via survey rather than through practical experiment - compared the sex lives of 293 females from the university's Albany campus to their mental health." And guess what they found? Doc was right on:
It follows research which shows that seminal fluid contains chemicals that elevates mood, increases affection, induces sleep and also contains at least three anti-depressants.
The researchers also claim that women who have regular unprotected sex are less depressed and perform better on cognitive tests.
Semen contains another of chemicals along with spermatozoa, including cortisol, which is known to increase affection, estrone, which elevates mood and oxytocin, which also elevates mood.
It also contains thyrotropin-releasing hormone (another antidepressant), melatonin (a sleep-inducing agent), and even serotonin (perhaps the best-known antidepressant neurotransmitter).
Given these ingredients - and this is just a small sample of the mind-altering 'drugs' found in human semen - Researchers Gordon G. Jr. Gallup and Rebecca L. Burch along with the psychologist Steven Platek, hypothesised that women having unprotected sex should be less depressed than suitable control participants.
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