With all of the chemical antidepressants out there trying to force us into better moods, it seems nature had a powerful one for us all along: semen. A new study shows the man-goo can have a positive effect on a woman's mental health.
SUNY Albany has been doing some very curious research, as the university's latest study points to the amazing healing powers of human seminal fluid, aka semen.
"Semen is known to contain such 'mood-altering chemicals' as estrone and oxytocin, which elevate mood; cortisol, which promotes affection; serotonin, which acts as an antidepressant; and melatonin, which induces sleep," say the researchers.
In a survey of nearly 300 women, researchers found that those who have oral sex or engaged in unprotected sex were "happier than those who practiced safe sex." The women who regularly practiced safe sex were found to be just as depressed as those who were abstinent.
Of course, this is hardly license to run out and have unprotected sex with strangers. STDs are a major problem in America, and using a condom is the best way to protect against infection.
Because while a dose of healthy semen every now and then might keep the blues away, there's nothing as depressing as a contracting a bad case of Chlamydia. Or worse.