Scientists from University of Albany have proved that there is a way to fight depression and it is called sexual intimacy.
This study was led by Albany Psychology Professor Gordon Gallup who claims that women who don’t use condoms during sex show reduced symptoms of depression. He presumes that when semen is absorbed through vagina it affects women’s mood.
This study includes the widely used psychometric tests for measuring the severity of depression also known as the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI).
In this study, there were 300 women who answered anonymous questionnaires about their sexual behavior as well as on how often they have sexual intercourse, when was the last time they had sex and how often they used condoms.
The results showed: “…females who engaged in sexual intercourse but never used condoms exhibited o
Although 300 women is not a relevant number, the researchers tried to include other factors as well like type of contraceptives they use, whether the woman was in a relationship etc.
They came to conclusion that women who used condoms showed worsened symptoms of depression unlike other who used other alternatives.
Although there are other questions that need answers, this study may show that there is a close link between condom usage and frequent depressive episodes in some females.
Gallup also says that these results should not cause an irresponsible behavior. He adds: “Regardless of the findings, this study does not advocate that people abstain from using condoms,”
“Protecting oneself from an unwanted pregnancy or a sexually transmitted disease is far more important.”