Feeling blue?

Study finds that negative feelings after sex are perfectly natural

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A paper published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine this week found that 46% of female university students reported at least once experience of the symptoms of post-coital dysphoria (PCD), a condition characterized by tearfulness, anxiety, agitation, and depressive or aggressive feelings following sex. These feelings are not necessarily tied to sexual dissatisfaction: researchers from the Queensland Institute of Technology believe the condition may be caused by hormonal shifts which occur after orgasm, and another study published in the International Journal of Sexual Health in 2011 found that a third of women reported symptoms of PCD even after satisfying sex. Intimacy does not appear to be a factor, as the study found no correlation between PCD incidence and intimacy in close relationships. “Negative post-coital emotions,” concluded lead researcher Dr Robert Schweitzer, “…appear to have evolutionary functions.” In other words: “post-sex blues” are for many women a natural consequence of their biology. To experience them is not abnormal, and nothing to be ashamed of.

Read the full story at The Independent.

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