Research Confirms Men Suffer From This Post-Sex Condition As Well
A new study might explain why you’ve had a few bad Sunday mornings recently
It’s Saturday night, you’re out on the town and whether it’s due to the blood-red full moon or the four bottles of Dutch courage you just knocked back – you’ve picked up. Sunday morning comes around, and even though she’s left, the smell of alcohol, cigarettes and perfume hasn’t. Your bedroom will need a few days of airing to get rid of this one. It reeks of regret.
No, this is not a joke. Research has confirmed that, contrary to popular stereotypes, men get sad after sex as well.
According to a new paper titled Postcoital Dysphoria: Prevalence and Correlates among Males published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, men can and do suffer from Postcoital Dysphoria (PCD). Symptoms include feelings of sadness, tearfulness or irritability following sex.
While previous findings show the condition to be common in women, there had been no prior research into whether the same could be said for men, say Masters student Joel Maczkowiack and Professor Robert Schweitzer from Queensland University of Technology’s School of Psychology and Counselling.
“The study breaks down the results of an international anonymous online survey of 1208 men from Australia, the USA, the UK, Russia, New Zealand, Germany and elsewhere,” says Maczkowiack.
“Forty-one per cent of the participants reported experiencing PCD in their lifetime with 20 per cent reporting they had experienced it in the previous four weeks. Up to four per cent suffered from PCD on a regular basis.”
According to Maczkowiack, responses ranged from “I don’t want to be touched and want to be left alone” to “I feel unsatisfied, annoyed and very fidgety. All I really want is to leave and distract myself from everything I participated in.”
“Another described feeling ’emotionless and empty’ in contrast to the men who experienced the post coital experience positively, and used descriptors such as a ‘feeling of well-being, satisfaction, contentment’ and closeness to their partner,” he adds.