Science Says Some Men Become Sad after Having Sex

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A new study suggests that some men experience sadness after making love to a partner.


If you are like most guys, you probably looking forward to intimacy with your significant other. Not only does getting physical feel good, the tactile experience can also be exhilarating.

That is unless you struggle with a condition called Postcoital Dysphoria (PCD). That’s a ten-dollar term used to describe feelings of irritability, sadness, and tearfulness after a sexual experience.

This post sexual phenomenon may sound odd but apparently, it’s a real thing according to a newly released paper published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy.

Health experts have long known that some women struggle with this condition. But until now, little was known about how PCD effected guys.

To conduct this research, investigators from the Australian Technology Network of Universities conducted an international online survey of 1,208 men. Participants spanned the globe and included people from the United States, Australia, the U.K, New Zealand, Russia and other places.

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Here’s what investigators learned: 41% of the men reported some form of PCD over the course of their lifetime. Moreover, a whopping 20% indicated they had experienced PCD in just the past four weeks. Another 4% said they suffered from this condition on a regular basis.

What’s equally interesting were the comments male participants made. Here are some examples, as mentioned on a press release about the study: “I don’t want to be touched and want to be left alone” to “I feel unsatisfied, annoyed and very fidgety. All I really want is to leave and distract myself from everything I participated in”.

The cause of PCD appears to be a mystery. There may be a number of factors that contribute to this phenomenon, including the shared emotional bond (or lack of one) with a partner to problems with attraction to something physiological.

The truth is we, simply don’t know.

Bear in mind there are other studies that suggest positive outcomes from lovemaking experiences, including increased memory.

Do you struggle with PCD? If so, what’s your insight into what may be going on?

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