Feeling depressed,sex helps!

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Forget the pills and pick me up. Never mind retail therapy if you’re feeling down in the dumps, there’s a simple solution. Have more sex!

Psychologists have found that women who have sex frequently are less likely to be depressed. Experts now believe that it isn’t lovemaking itself that gives women a lift; it is the feel-good chemicals in a man’s semen. These chemicals get into a woman’s bloodstream and act just like an antidepressant. A study published in the Achievers of Sexual Behaviour reveals how researchers at New York University logged the sexual activities and depression of 30 women.

Those women who had sex but didn’t use condom were found to be less depressed than women who had protected sex and those who had no sex at all. The report claims that the vagina absorbs several biological products contained in seminal fluid that can be measured in the blood-stream within several hours. “Our findings are consistent with the suggestion that semen in the female reproductive tract may play a role in modulating depressive symptoms.”

“Semen, the fluid men ejaculate at orgasm, is full of millions of sperms that compete to fertilize a woman’s egg. But now, it seems that fluid may provide health benefits too and also be the key to preventing complications in pregnancy. Some Australian experts believe that having lots of unprotected sex with your partner—as much as a year before conception may help avoid problems that sometimes lead to miscarriage and stillbirths—including Pre-eclampsia, a potentially fatal condition characterized by high blood pressure in pregnant women.

And performing oral sex, although; not everyone’s inclination, is also… significant In one study, 41 pregnant women with pre-eclampsia were compared with 44 pregnant women without. It emerged that only 44 per cent of the women with pre-eclampsia performed oral-sex compared with 82 per

cent of those without. This finding seemed to support an earlier study which found that a history of condom use, which naturally protects women from coming into contact with semen, increased the risk of pre-eclampsia. “

So, how can semen make such a difference? The theory goes like this: Sperm is packed with foreign proteins, so, the woman’s immune system goes on high alert at the first sign of it. But cleverly, sperm also contains components that help the woman’s body accept it readily. The key component is called “TGF beta.”

This acts like a switch, transforming what would normally be a hostile reaction to file foreign invaders into a friendly one. This means that the woman’s body won’t kill all the sperm or, if she should fall pregnant, her growing baby. But sometimes, a woman’s immune system is not won over and this could explain some cases of infertility and repeated early miscarriage. If the rejection is milder, it may affect only the placenta, but immune rejection may also be the reason that some women develop pre-eclampsia. It is controversial theory; but Gustaaf Dekker, a member of the team of reproductive biologists at the University of Adelaide, believes it makes sense.


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