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Study Finds One-Third of Women Feel Sad After Sex

Do You Ever Feel Sad After Sex?


Sex comes with instant benefits — from a boost in self-confidence, to a distraction from life's stresses, to a reminder that all is well in your relationship. But new research out of Australia's Queensland Institute of Technology suggests that one-third of young women experience post-coital dysphoria, aka sadness after sex, and 10 percent always feel sad after doing the deed.

The study's author explained: "Under normal circumstances, the resolution phase of sexual activity, or period just after sex, elicits sensations of well-being, along with psychological and physical relaxation. However, individuals who experience post-coital dysphoria may express their immediate feelings after sexual intercourse in terms of melancholy, tearfulness, anxiety, irritability or feeling of restlessness." Research suggests that past sexual abuse does not explain most of the cases, and the cause remains unknown.

Do you relate to these findings?

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Pistil Pistil 4 years
Oh, my. It's probably time to take a break when you remember articles from two years ago.
Pistil Pistil 4 years
I thought there was already an article on this once upon a time, that it was normal to feel withdrawn... Oh, here it is: http://www.tressugar.com/Sadness-After-Sex-Real-Condition-1002121 Deja vu.
Pistil Pistil 4 years
I thought there was already an article on this once upon a time, that it was normal to feel withdrawn... Oh, here it is:http://www.tressugar.com/Sadness-After-Sex-Real-Condition-1002121Deja vu.
juicebox07 juicebox07 4 years
numb* not dumb. lol oops
juicebox07 juicebox07 4 years
numb* not dumb. lol oops
juicebox07 juicebox07 4 years
Yes. I feel sad a lot after sex, unfortunately. There are times when I feel relaxed and happy after sex, but most of the time I feel sad or dumb. One time I almost burst into tears, so I explained to my boyfriend how I sometimes feel after sex. I assured him it was hormones and had nothing to do with him, but he just gave me a weird look and never said anything.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 4 years
Only when he finishes too soon.
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