Semen May Actually Cure Depression In Woman – According To Study
Researchers at the State University of New York have accidentally stumbled upon an amazing discovery, semen actually has anti-depressant properties.
Gordon Gallup and Rebecca Burch made their strange discovery through researching the McClintock effect, a scientific observation that women’s menstrual cycles tend to synch-up when they spend a lot of time in close proximity to one another.
Oddly enough, the team found that this strange phenomenon is only present in heterosexual women, and for some reason does not occur in the lesbian population. Through deductive reasoning, the team formed a hypothesis that it was something in the semen that the heterosexual women were exposed to that were making their cycles synch-up.
In their studies, the researchers found that seminal fluid is comprised of a variety of ingredients including, sugar (to nourish sperm), immunosuppressants (to keep women’s immune systems from destroying sperm), as well as endorphins, estrone, prolactin, oxytocin, thyrotrpin-releasing hormone, and serotonin. Many of these hormones are actually mood-elevating compounds. The researchers suggest that since the vaginal wall is extremely absorptive, these compounds actually enter the bloodstream.
The authors of the study noted that, “Because lesbians would be expected to be in closer, more intimate contact with one another on a daily basis than other females who live together. What is it about heterosexual females that promotes menstrual synchrony, or conversely what is it about lesbians that prevents menstrual synchrony? It occurred to us that one feature that distinguishes heterosexual women from lesbians is the presence or absence of semen in the female reproductive tract. Lesbians have semen-free sex.”
The study involved a survey of 293 college-aged women at SUNY Albany, which asked questions about the frequency of intercourse both with and without condoms. Then, the researchers gave the women a standard mood test called the Beck Depression Inventory. The results were astonishing. The women who did not use condoms during intercourse reported better moods across the board than the women in the studies who did use condoms. The women who used condoms more often showed more symptoms of depression and a lower mood overall.
In the Gallup-Burch-Platek study, 20% of women who “always” or “usually” used condoms reported having suicidal thoughts, while just 7% of those who “never” used condoms reported “sometimes” having suicidal thoughts. The study reportedly controlled for relationship status and duration, as well as the amount of sex, and use of other contraception.
The researchers also found that semen may also have an impact on a woman’s ovulation schedule.
“The chemistry of human semen has been selected to mimic the hormonal conditions that control ovulation, and as such may account for instances of induced ovulation (ovulation triggered by copulation at points in the menstrual cycle when ovulation would otherwise be unlikely),” the study says.
The study also found that women exposed to semen have better concentration and an easier time performing cognitive tasks. Women’s bodies can also detect “foreign” semen that is different from their usual partners. This also shows that there could be some type of unique quality to each sample of semen that comes from different people. However, the researchers were not able to determine how a woman’s body can detect the difference, or what it is that they are detecting.
So in addition to a better mood, semen can improve a variety of other functions and could even contain properties of a “super-drug” that enhances brainpower and cognitive ability. It is even conceivable that prescriptions and medical treatments can incorporate this natural element into existing therapies.
Still, the authors of the study caution that more research needs to be done in this area before it is fully understood.
“It is important to acknowledge that these data are preliminary and correlational in nature, and as such are only suggestive. More definitive evidence for antidepressant effects of semen would require more direct manipulation of the presence of semen in the reproductive tract and, ideally, the measurement of seminal components in the recipient’s blood,” the authors of the study said.
It is important to note that unprotected intercourse could lead to sexually transmitted diseases, and that these scientists still advice safe-sex practices despite their findings. Also, it will likely be some time before doctors or therapists begin to consider semen-based treatments.