One third of women suffer sadness after sex, new study suggests.
The time spent cuddling between the sheets after a passionate romp with your loved one sends sparks flying for most women. For others, there’s no such afterglow. One in three women has experienced “postcoital blues” at some stage in their lives, according to a new Australian study.
Dubbed postcoital dysphoria or “bedroom blues” ten per cent of the 200 women surveyed said they frequently or always felt sad after sex.
“Under normal circumstances, the resolution phase of sexual activity, or period just after sex, elicits sensations of wellbeing, along with psychological and physical relaxation,” study author Robert Schweitzer of the Queensland Institute of Technology said in a statement. “However, individuals who experience postcoital dysphoria [sadness] may express their immediate feelings after sexual intercourse in terms of melancholy, tearfulness, anxiety, irritability or feeling of restlessness.”
Schweitzer noted the cause of these feelings is still unknown.
One woman spoke of feelings of “melancholy” after sex, but said she could not connect these emotions with the love and affection she felt for her partner.
Schweitzer noted women who suffered prior sexual abuse can experience feelings of guilt and loss in later sexual encounters. However, as published in the International Journal of Sexual Health, Schweitzer found only a moderate correlation between prior sexual abuse and later post-sex depression, he said.
“This suggests other factors, such as biological predisposition, may be more important,” Schweitzer said.
Further research will study women's emotional characteristics to see if personality contributes to bedroom blues.