Until recently, scientist believed that sole purpose of semen was to nourish and protect sperm on their way to fertilization. But a latest study has revealed that semen helps in reducing depression in women and elavating their mood.
The study was conducted by psychology proffessor Gordon Gallup at University of Albany which observed that females who were not using condoms for sexual intercourse were less depressed than females who did use condoms.
Nearly 300 females filled out anonymous questionnaires designed to measure various aspects of their sexual behaviour, including frequency of sexual intercourse, the number of days since their last sexual act and whether or not they use condoms. The participants also filled a Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) which is widely used to measure and monitor mood changes in psychological distrubed individuala. According to Gallup, “females who engaged in sexual intercourse but never used condoms exhibited significantly lower scores on the BDI than those who usually or always used condoms.”
As it is known, semen mainly acts as a medium for sperm to swim through female vaginal tract into the fallopian tubes where fertilization takes place. However, it is interesting to understand why and how semen exhibits this amazing antidepressant action.
Sperms constitute about only 3% of total semen content. The rest of seminal fluid is a complex chemical activity formed by mostly water and about 50 other compounds such as sugar (to nourish sperm), immunosuppresants (to sperm destruction from women’s immune system) Most importantly it is observed that semen carries many mood elavating compounds like endorphins, estrone, prolactin, oxytocin, thyrotrophin-releasing hormone, and serotonin. In those women (or their partners) who do not use condoms during sex are exposed to semen. Duriing the sexual act, various chemical compounds are thus set in the circulation and thus result in overall antidepressant effect.
The observation of the study however has spurred a debate on the use of condoms. Proffessor Gallup lastly cautions that this study does not advocate that people abstain from using condoms. ‘ Protecting oneslef from an unwanted pregnancy or a sexullay transmitted disease is far more important”.