Semen Is Better For Female Mood Than Chocolate

I’ve posted a few times before on the importance of being a male in good physical health to produce good quality semen. I’ve also posted on concerns that vasectomy seems to have a potentially very damaging effect on relationships. Now read on with a couple of quotes from Scientific American.
“…semen has a very complicated chemical profile, containing over 50 different compounds (including hormones, neurotransmitters, endorphins and immunosupressants) each with a special function and occurring in different concentrations within the seminal plasma. Perhaps the most striking of these compounds is the bundle of mood-enhancing chemicals in semen. There is good in this goo. Such anxiolytic chemicals include, but are by no means limited to, cortisol (known to increase affection), estrone (which elevates mood), prolactin (a natural antidepressant), oxytocin (also elevates mood), thyrotropin-releasing hormone (another antidepressant), melatonin (a sleep-inducing agent) and even serotonin (perhaps the most well-known antidepressant neurotransmitter).”
So having accepted that semen has all this good stuff for mood enhancement for women in it, it seems fairly clear that on an abstract sort of a level, women would want to open their legs and have a supplier come over and give them a dose. It’s for their health after all.
So what happens if women have sex, but don’t get semen into their vagina? Exactly what you’d expect…
“The most significant findings from this 2002 study, published with criminally modest fanfare in the Archives of Sexual Behavior , were these: even after adjusting for frequency of sexual intercourse, women who engaged in sex and “never” used condoms showed significantly fewer depressive symptoms than did those who “usually” or “always” used condoms. Importantly, these chronically condomless, sexually active women also evidenced fewer depressive symptoms than did those who abstained from sex altogether. By contrast, sexually active women, even really promiscuous ones, who used condoms were just as depressed as those practicing total abstinence. In other words, it’s not just that women who are having sex are simply happier, but instead happiness appears to be a function of the ambient seminal fluid pulsing through one’s veins.”
So the old joke about a cranky old broad without a sexual partner “just needing to be fucked” is pretty much true. I also wonder aloud again if a common consequence of a husband getting a vasectomy is the wife getting depressed. Then the wife as a consequence of her depression ends the marriage or otherwise acts out badly.
There’s also a sort of a chicken and egg thing at work here for low sex marriages where the wife “just isn’t in the mood” or is depressed and feels unsexy. As mundane as it sounds, perhaps in an experiment where she just lubes up and consents to higher frequency sex regardless of her mood, she may very well experience a lifting of depression and a return of feeling more sexually interested. There is also a moderate amount of testosterone in semen and that will help trigger her sex drive as well.
If you can sell that experiment idea to your wife, anti-depressants take about a month to fully kick in so I’d suggest at least a month long attempt at trying this together. It doesn’t have to be circus tricks clever sex, just some old fashioned in and out and cumming inside her. Afterwards she should take a couple of minutes to soak it in rather than jumping straight up and looking for a wash cloth to wipe it off. The vagina is actually a pretty good place for absorbing medication.
Admittedly “I’m here with your meds” isn’t the greatest of pick up lines, but there is a proven link between female depression and a lack of semen. The woman’s Body Agenda is particularly sneaky here, her own body actually willing to make her feel unhappy to force the seeking out of a male partner. The male Body Agenda is perfectly happy to set him up as her pharmacist / drug dealer. I’m not saying it’s pretty or politically correct, just brutally effective at getting males and females to come together and do the thing that makes the babies. Our genes are selfish little bastards that care nothing for anything other than passing themselves on.
Oh and I’m not really able to prove that semen is in fact better for female mood than chocolate. That just seemed like a good title for a post. But if anyone wants to be part of a private study…


  1. Anonymous says:

    "I've also posted on concerns that vasectomy seems to have a potentially very damaging effect on relationships."

    How so? The quote from Scientific American doesn't mention anything about sperm cells; just semen – and the chemicals therein.

    My husband had a vasectomy right after our marriage – 33.5 years ago. We've had a very good sex life overall. Unwanted pregnancies are what can really damage a relationship!

    P.S. I'll take sex AND chocolate, please…

  2. Anonymous says:

    "Admittedly "I'm here with your meds" isn't the greatest of pick up lines"……HILARIOUS!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I'm a woman, and I've suspected this for years. Glad to see some research happening on this. Of course we've already seen/heard from the other side…ie the myriad of "Women Are Happier Without Men" articles.

    Gotta go now, my pharmacist needs to make a housecall!

  4. Athol Kay says:

    First Anon – vasectomy is designed to stop sperm getting into the semen, but for some men it seems to markedly reduce their total semen output as well.

    I've had wives comment that are heartbroken over "it just kinda drips off the end now when it used to squirt".

    Plus 20-30% of men have fairly permanent pain from vasectomy as well. It's a non simple procedure.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Guess we were lucky; husband never had any pain and I did not notice any feeble drips; same velocity and quantity. Sure ended the worries over pregnancy though! Sex whenever, no worries, we were in heaven!

    First Anon

  6. Anonymous says:

    Does the same effect occur with anal or oral administration of semen?

    My girlfriend enjoys a positive mood from both routes of administration, and from topical administration to her breasts.

  7. thequestfor50 says:

    Is there any known health benefit to cumming on her breasts?

  8. thequestfor50 says:

    (I didn't see that other comment about breasts by the way haha… hadn't refreshed the page since earlier today. Great post though! I'll make sure to have a copy in my back pocket for any future partners weary of swallowing)

  9. Anonymous says:

    I second that question. I don't see where it states these antidepressant hormones are only found in sperm-laden semen. Who's to say they aren't produced by the prostate or other glands that feed into seminal fluid?

  10. I sent my wife a link to the original SA article. Even though I had a vasectomy, she still insists that we use condoms so that there will be no mess. Maybe she will rethink that.

    By the way, most vasectomies only remove sperm from the semenal fluid. All of the good chemicals will still be there trying to perform their normal function.

  11. Anonymous says:

    You know, it's probably relevant that people are most likely to have condomless sex in secure, monogamous relationships that have lasted more than six months. Maybe the fact that women who have condom-free sex are simply experiencing the positive emotional effects of a secure, trusting and regularly sexual relationship, and the semen thing is just a correlatable variable rather than a cause.

  12. Anon…true, it's very hard to disentangle cause-and-effect in statistical studies of human behavior. But the SciAm article suggests that the researchers made a good try at it, controlling for various factors *including* duration of relationship. (The sample size does seem a bit small, though, for cross-analyzing all these variables.) Also, the thesis is supported by the fact that the substances present in the fluid include many which are known to have an effect on mood.

  13. I see a future post on "Why women should swallow". It does beg the question if oral administration of semen has the same effect as vaginal. Any research on this?

  14. Anonymous says:

    I third the question (whether the chemicals that are beneficial to the female come from sperm or are in the goo anyway and thus remain post-vasectomy). I think it is the latter, and I certainly hope so since I got snipped a few years ago! But are there any doctors out there who could verify? BTW, the difference in the goo volume post-vasectomy is like a droplet.

  15. Had a vasectomy three years ago and a) no pain other than tenderness immediately post-surgery, b) no noticable loss in seminal discharge or sensation.

    While I think the question still needs to be answered regarding whether the feel-good chemicals you mention are carried in the sperm itself or in the seminal fluid, you would also have to consider the added bonus of 'worry free' sex (or as close as you'll ever get to it). Also, being off birth control pills has noticably evened out my wife's hormonal moodiness where PMS is concerned, and (this may sound funny but it's true) she smells better, inside and out. She didn't smell bad before or anything, but now just the thought of her smell can give me wood. ;-)

    All in all, my only regret about the vasectomy is that we didn't have more kids first, but two tubal pregnancies pretty much wrecked my wife's ability to concieve naturally, so there weren't going to be more kids without a clinical environment or adoption, and neither option was something we wanted to pursue.

  16. Eric

    Sperm makes up less than 1% of the content of semen. I seriously doubt that all of those good chemicals are contained in that 1% of fluid. It is much more likely that the sperm is added to the already mixed semen just before it is used. In that case, the good cehmicals will still be there after the vasectomy.

    However, the absence of sperm might still be an issue. If it is true (currently unproven) that a woman's body will react to the absence of sperm by creating a negative reaction to this partner then sex drive could decrease. However, many couples report that sex is still great after a vasectomy. It is total conjecture for anyone to claim that this one factor could over ride all of the other emotional cues that make a person desirable as a partner.

    I think that body agenda has its limits. The logical brain always has the right to over ride lower order reflex reactions.

  17. Athol Kay says:

    I answered a lot of these questions in my first comment…

    "Vasectomy is designed to stop sperm getting into the semen, but for some men it seems to markedly reduce their total semen output as well."

    Most men don't have much of a drop off in total volume ejactulated at all, but SOME men have a huge reduction in ejaculate.

    As I understand it the anti-depressants are in the semen and these are very unlikely directly affected by a vasectomy – unless the total volume of ejaculate is greatly affected whereby they have no delivery system to get into the vagina.

    As far as the research I linked to suggests, the anal route is also effective. The oral route possibly so.

    As I've tried to make clear in prior posts, I'm nervous in general about vasectomy seeing there appears to be somewhat of a link between it and divorce. However many couples clearly have done well with it. It's just not researched terribly well it seems. All I'm saying is "I have a hunch".

  18. Anonymous says:

    I'd postulate that gastric acid is less hospitable to these chemical agents than the vagina.

  19. Anonymous says:

    unfortunately, it is not an acceptable option for me to receive these benefits vaginally since we use coitus interruptus as our main birth control. I wanted to comment that just as men should not make rash decisions about vasectomies and reversals, women should not make rash decisions to go on birth control just so she can get a regular shot of semen in the vagina. I know the pill made me depressed and killed my libido and I am hardly alone in these side effects.


  20. Athol Kay says:

    Agree Deborah. There is no perfect birth control option. Simply choices and how it works out for each couple. Surgical ones are the last resort in my opinion.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Deborah, did you try out the mini-pill? I had similar effects with the pill, and by using a reduced dose pill (Yasmin), got a fair portion of my usually insane libido back.

  22. Anonymous says:

    I will never go on hormonal birth control again. that link I tried to add to my last post talks about the pill damaging your brain. if you delete the spaces it works. there are a lot of reasons I will not take them. my husband and i
    would rather have another child than use any artificial birth control and that works for us. we may experiment with natural family planning to get a bigger window of semen benefit. heh


  23. @Louie, what? Vasectomy but still have to use condoms to avoid the "mess"? Tell your wife to suck it up. You went through a risky procedure with a man taking a knife to your balls, and she's worried about the mess?


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