Over the last few years, there have been a number of stories about supposed benefits women get from semen. Many of these stories, like the ever recurring “Swallowing semen makes breasts larger” are completely bogus. However, there are scientific reasons to think there should be benefits, and studies have shown some of these benefits.
The basis for all this is two interesting facts. First, semen contains a very large number of chemicals, including endorphins (which resemble opiates and reduce pain and change how we feel emotionally), hormones, and neurotransmitters (which work in the brain). Second, the vagina easily absorbs many chemicals, and what’s absorbed moves into the blood stream and becomes available to the entire body.
Researchers Gallup, Burch, and Platek hypothesised that exposure to semen would result in women being less depressed. When they tested this theory, they found that women who had intercourse and never used condoms showed significantly fewer symptoms of depression than both women who were abstinent and women who had intercourse but always used condoms. Even after controlling for a number of things, including frequency of sex and use of oral contraceptives, those who were exposed to semen were less depressed, and had less history of attempted suicide. Women who used condoms sometimes were between those who never and those who always used them. Other studies have shown that semen exposure results in women doing better on tests of concentration and cognitive skills, and that woman who have regular sex with one man view other men as less attractive than women not having regular sex.
Possible effects of semen exposure are:
- Increased affection and feelings of closeness
- Reduction in pain
- Less depression and better mood
- Increased sex drive (semen contains testosterone, and it’s been shown that the majority it is absorbed by the vagina)
- Stronger orgasm (if he climaxes first)
- Better sleep
- Less sever PMS
- It’s also very likely that semen has pregnancy protecting qualities, meaning sex during pregnancy could reduce miscarriages and pre-term labour.
Yes, that’s a snake oil sounding list of supposed benefits. However, many have study-based support, and the rest have solid scientific reasons to be possible. There’s some theory in this whole thing, but from what I’ve read I am convinced that regular vaginal exposure to semen is mentally and physically beneficial for women.
If you use condoms, your bride is not getting those benefits. Of course having a dozen kids might not be good for her mood, or sleep, or other things. Just passing on the information here, do what you like with it. (Fertility awareness method allows for condom free sex during non-fertile times.)
BTW, this fits with my long-standing belief that vaginal intercourse is important, and that it does things to our minds, bodies, and marriages that no other sex act can do. If intercourse is a rare occurrence in your sex lives, maybe you need to rethink that.
A couple of resources:
Lori Lowe has a great post on this issue as well. See The Surprising Natural Antidepressant You Might Receive from Your Husband
Semen acts as an anti-depressant (New Scientist)
Does Semen Have Antidepressant Properties?
Gordon G. Jr. Gallup, Rebecca L. Burch and Steven M. Platek ARCHIVES OF SEXUAL BEHAVIOR Volume 31, Number 3, 289-293,
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