Researchers at the University of Albany may have a new anti-depression strategy: Sexual intimacy.

Professor Gordon Gallup from the University of Albany Psychology which go through a showcase of his study, reveals and found out that among females who are having intimate sexual activities and intercourse which do not bother to use condoms, showed that they are more prone to signs of getting involved with the state of depression.



It may lead to speculation that when a semen is absorbed inside the vagina, it may affect the mood of the women involved.

The study is entitled as the Beck Depression Inventory which is presented to the study, this is a measurement which is widely used for individual differences when it comes to symptoms of depression.

In regards to the study, there are around 300 different women takes place to fill out anonymous questionnaires that addressed various aspects of their sexual behavior. There are certain questions such as how often they had sexual intercourse when they last had sex and the most important portion of the questionnaire; if they are using condoms or not?


Gallup gathered information and data which the result showed that:

Females who engaged in sexual intercourse but never used condoms exhibited significantly lower scores on the BDI that those who usually or always used condoms.

Yet, 300 women is still a relatively small sample size, the researchers sought to test for other variables, including the frequency of sexual activities, the application of other types of contraceptives (such as birth control pills and other methods), and whether or not the female was in a relationship. But they obtained the discovery that condom use deemed for more of a swing in the probability of depressive symptoms than any of the other variables.

However, there are still other questions unanswered, it may direct to a link between condom usage and the high frequency of depressive symptoms among sexually active female college students.

Professor Gallup added; these findings are not an excuse for irresponsible and moody behavior.

“Regardless of the findings, this study does not advocate that people abstain from using condoms,” said Professor Gallup.

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