In new and recent study conducted out of the University of Albany, a psychology professor and his team found that the absorption of semen by the female body has some correlations with fewer symptoms of depression in the subjects.
The team conducted a survey of 300 anonymous female students.
Each participant was told to complete a survey about their intimate activities, including the frequency in which they engaged in intercourse, when they last engaged in intercourse, and how regularly the participant used protection such as condoms.
Participants also completed the Beck Depression Inventory, or BDI for short.
BDI is a short 21 question test that assess a persons level of depressive symptoms including:
- negative outlook
- feelings of guilt
- social withdrawal
- difficulty functioning
Participants would rate each question as it would apply to them.
The questions were on a rating scale from 0 to 3, three being the most intense version of the symptom.
Higher scores would correlate to more severe signs of depression, the with the total score going as high as 63.
When the participants BDI scores were compared to their intimacy habits, and what the saw was that there was a striking correlation to condom use that stood out to the team.
According to the study, lead author Gordon Gallup states that women who didn’t use condoms in penetration scenarios showed significantly lower scores on the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) than their peers who always or usually had their partners wear protection.
In the process of coming to this conclusion, the team did their best to make a point of adjusting for potential and relevant variables such as a participants relationship status, or any other contraceptive methods and frequency of partner intimacy.
But still with all that, among all variables, condom use was correlated with the most clinically significant difference in participants’ BDI test scores.
The research team believes that the correlation between condom use and depressive symptoms may result from the interaction of biological material.
Gallup theorizes that upon penetration, the female partner’s internal tissues absorb some of the fluids that the male partner produces.
With this in mind, the team suggests, that it is possible a woman’s mood and general state of mind may change in response to this absorption.
Now keep in mind, as far as study’s go, this study’s sample size was relatively small and there are still more than a number of unanswered questions surrounding the results.
But Gallup and his colleagues still believe that the connection between improved mood and non-use of condoms warrants further study.
The team cautions women and their partners not to take these findings as a motivation or an excuse not to use condoms.
Gallup has issued a statement to remind the public that protection from infectious diseases and the prevention of pregnancy should take precedence over an attempt to make use of these findings.
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