[This was submitted by a site member for sharing.
Not surprisinly, I think the observed symptoms have more to do with orgasm than with "coitus," and I can't get the researcher quoted in the piece to consider that possibility.]
It seems men can find sex as unfulfilling as women but they’ve been keeping this guilty secret to themselves for years
The traditional version of sex is that the man has a good time no matter what, then turns over and begins to snore, oblivious of his partner.
Whereas the woman often finds herself left in limbo, sometimes orgasmless, and is left staring into the darkness.
Now it seems that men can find sex as unfulfilling as women but they’ve been keeping this guilty secret to themselves for years. To confess that “the earth didn’t move” would be seen as less than manly.
Not only do they have a reputation for nodding off afterwards, it seems even good sex can make some men feel depressed too. In fact, they can become so sad and emotional that they suffer post-coital dysphoria (PCD), according to a report.
PCD is described as negative feelings of unhappiness and black moods amounting to a sense of worthlessness.
Until now, it was assumed that only women suffer PCD, with nearly half reporting feelings of sadness, depression, anxiety and tearfulness at some point. But in recent years doctors have heard complaints from male patients that they can go into deep depression and feel achy and irritable for hours after sex.
Psychotherapist and sex therapist Phillip Hodson said: “The sadness some men feel at this point may be due to the contrast between the joy of arousal and feeling like a superhero and the sensation of the feel-good hormones wearing off.”
And while women have a reputation for becoming emotional after sex, he added: “I think men get emotional too, but they don’t show it.”
About time they did then.