HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Semen makes you happy

SEMEN makes you happy. That's the remarkable conclusion of a study comparing women whose partners wear condoms with those whose partners don't.

The study, which is bound to provoke controversy, showed that the women who were directly exposed to semen were less depressed. The researchers think this is because mood-altering hormones in semen are absorbed through the vagina. They say they have ruled out other explanations.

"I want to make it clear that we are not advocating that people abstain from using condoms," says Gordon Gallup, the psychologist at the State University of New York who led the team. "Clearly an unwanted pregnancy or a sexually transmitted disease would more than offset any advantageous psychological effects of semen."

His team divided 293 female students into groups depending on how often their partners wore condoms, and assessed their happiness using the Beck Depression Inventory, a standard questionnaire for assessing mood. People who score over 17 are considered moderately depressed.

The team found that women whose partners never used condoms scored 8 on average, those who sometimes used them scored 10.5, those who usually used them scored 15 and those who always used them scored 11.3. Women who weren't having sex at all scored 13.5.

What's more, the longer the interval since they last had sex, the more depressed the women who never or sometimes used condoms got. But the time since the last sexual encounter made no difference to the mood of women who usually or always used condoms.

The team also found that depressive symptoms and suicide attempts were more common among women who used condoms regularly compared with those who didn't. The results will appear in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.

And Gallup told New Scientist that his team already has unpublished data from a larger group of 700 women confirming these findings. In this study, the always-use-condoms group were more depres
'"/>

Contact: Claire Bowles
claire.bowles@rbi.co.uk
44-207-331-2751
New Scientist
26-Jun-2002


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Jefferson Scientists Find Evidence Of Potentially Infectious HIV In Semen, Despite Inability To Detect Active Virus In Blood
2. HIV-1 Levels In Semen Dont Correspond To Viral Levels In Blood, Say Pitt Researchers In A Report At 12th World AIDS Conference
3. Review article makes case for a new source of cells in the body
4. Virus known for its photo ops makes its movie screen debut
5. Study: A little help from friends makes wounds heal faster
6. Purdue yeast makes ethanol from agricultural waste more effectively
7. Scientists learn how adjuvant makes vaccines effective
8. Mutant biological machine makes proteins but cant let go
9. Research bank makes good use of umbilical cords
10. Genetic trick adapted from viruses makes gene therapy vectors more versatile
11. Scientists seek cause for what makes good cell go bad

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Semen makes you happy

(Date:10/28/2014)... National Institute of Health (NIH) announced awards to ... of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences ... Through the network, physician scientists at 22 ... to advance clinical research and investigate new treatments ... made possible by $29 million in fiscal 2014 ...
(Date:10/28/2014)... Singapore) will be building a hybrid micro-grid which ... The first in the region, the hybrid micro-grid ... wind, tidal-current, diesel, storage and power-to-gas technologies, and ... To be built under the new Renewable Energy ... will be located offshore at Semakau Landfill and ...
(Date:10/27/2014)... are an indigenous species of the West Antarctic Peninsula ... Earth. Since 1950, the average annual temperature in the ... and 6 degrees Celsius during winter. , As ... dry, polar system to a warmer, sub-polar system with ... a connection between local weather conditions and the weight ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):NIH's ORDR-NCATS RDCRN & NICHD awards U54 cooperative agreement for natural history study 2NIH's ORDR-NCATS RDCRN & NICHD awards U54 cooperative agreement for natural history study 3NTU to build region's first renewable energy integration demonstration micro-grid 2NTU to build region's first renewable energy integration demonstration micro-grid 3University of Delaware study connects penguin chick weights to local weather conditions 2University of Delaware study connects penguin chick weights to local weather conditions 3
(Date:10/27/2014)... 27, 2014 The “Molecular Diagnostic ... Microbiology), Technology (PCR, INAAT, DNA Sequencing), End User ... Software) - Global Forecast to 2018” provides a ... opportunities, current market trends, and strategies impacting the ... and forecasts of the revenue and share analysis. ...
(Date:10/27/2014)... (PRWEB) October 27, 2014 Called ... reducing and eliminating several types of pediatric brain ... been achieved in over 30 years of research ... Light Foundation, proves that one mom's determination can ... just before Halloween trick-or-treating, and it’s only fitting ...
(Date:10/27/2014)... Mass. , Oct. 27, 2014 ... "Company"), a worldwide leader in the development and ... the life sciences research market, today announced that ... presented a novel, accurate, highly reproducible, and robust ... – routine high-throughput protein analysis on small needle ...
(Date:10/27/2014)... -- Investor-Edge has initiated coverage on the ... ), Insmed Inc. (NASDAQ: INSM ), BioCryst ... (NASDAQ: DYAX ), and Oncothyreon Inc. (NASDAQ: ... accessed at: http://investor-edge.com/register . On Friday, ... up 0.69%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 0.76%, ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Global Molecular Diagnostics Market Will Reach $7.9 Billion by 2018 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 2Global Molecular Diagnostics Market Will Reach $7.9 Billion by 2018 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 3Global Molecular Diagnostics Market Will Reach $7.9 Billion by 2018 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 4Global Molecular Diagnostics Market Will Reach $7.9 Billion by 2018 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 5FDA Approves Breakthrough in Pediatric Brain Cancer - First in 30 Years 2FDA Approves Breakthrough in Pediatric Brain Cancer - First in 30 Years 3Breakthrough Method to Permit Quantification of Thousands of Proteins in Needle Biopsy Samples in 12 hours Presented at Major International Scientific Meeting; Method Enabled by Pressure BioSciences' PCT Sample Preparation Platform 2Breakthrough Method to Permit Quantification of Thousands of Proteins in Needle Biopsy Samples in 12 hours Presented at Major International Scientific Meeting; Method Enabled by Pressure BioSciences' PCT Sample Preparation Platform 3Breakthrough Method to Permit Quantification of Thousands of Proteins in Needle Biopsy Samples in 12 hours Presented at Major International Scientific Meeting; Method Enabled by Pressure BioSciences' PCT Sample Preparation Platform 4Breakthrough Method to Permit Quantification of Thousands of Proteins in Needle Biopsy Samples in 12 hours Presented at Major International Scientific Meeting; Method Enabled by Pressure BioSciences' PCT Sample Preparation Platform 5Pre-market Equity Watch on Biotech Industry - Neurocrine Biosciences, Insmed, BioCryst Pharma, Dyax, and Oncothyreon 2Pre-market Equity Watch on Biotech Industry - Neurocrine Biosciences, Insmed, BioCryst Pharma, Dyax, and Oncothyreon 3Pre-market Equity Watch on Biotech Industry - Neurocrine Biosciences, Insmed, BioCryst Pharma, Dyax, and Oncothyreon 4Pre-market Equity Watch on Biotech Industry - Neurocrine Biosciences, Insmed, BioCryst Pharma, Dyax, and Oncothyreon 5
Cached News: