Almost Half the Women Polled Did This After Sex

Posted by on March 9, 2017 in Conscious Living, Relationships & Sex with 16 Comments

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By Anna Almendrala | HuffingtonPost.com

If you’ve ever shed a tear or two after an otherwise enjoyable roll in the sack, you’re not alone. An online survey of 230 female college students revealed that almost half of them — 46 percent — have experienced postcoital dysphoria, or post-sex blues, at least once in their lives. About five percent report having PCD a few times within the past four weeks.

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The small study was published in the open access journal Sexual Medicine, with the caveat that a lot more work needs to be done to understand this little-researched phenomenon. And because most of the participants were white women with an average age of 25, the results aren’t generalizable to a wider population.

Past studies on the subject, employing different measurement methods among different types of women, have estimated that anywhere from 7.7 to 32.9 percent of women have experienced PCD at least once in their lifetimes.

Women who experience postcoital dysphoria may grow sad, cry or feel anxiety or aggression after having sex. While these studies are intriguing first steps in an area of sexual dysfunction that’s not often discussed, there is no agreement on what exactly causes post-sex blues. One researcher describes PCD as irritability and “motiveless crying” after sex or an orgasm, but others are investigating the weak correlation between childhood sexual abuse and PCD in adulthood.

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For most who experience it, however, past trauma has nothing to do with the tears on their pillow. Some speculate that the rush of hormones that flood your body during sex could be the cause, while others hypothesize that intense emotions may be to blame — the thrill of closeness and intimacy with your partner could be so intense that breaking the connection after sex could be overwhelming. Alternately, the after-sex glow in bed could be one of the only times you feel safe enough to express stress and anxiety about the other things that are going on in your life.

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  1. 1402952466610993@facebook.com' Where there is love there is life says:

    Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. – Ghandi

  2. 846414435380494@facebook.com' Revolution de Mind says:

    Cool ! thanks :/

  3. 1716514941902925@facebook.com' Dan Snoek says:

    wow,,,nothing was said or found out….y is this posted pls?lol

  4. 1051481678205018@facebook.com' Laura Mariana Rios Raya says:

    I’m very emotive….. I’ve cried sometimes for several reasons after those moments

  5. 10153812011092481@facebook.com' Rem Smith says:

    I’ve had a lotta sex never seen this

  6. 823819661049614@facebook.com' Lexie Genevieve says:

    Why does it have to be from sadness? Maybe it was so good it is tears of joy or happiness.

    • krista1@iinet.net.au' daniel says:

      Exactly, my wife of over 30 years did come from an abusive background but occasionally would cry after sex. I believe it came from a place of being pleasured, nurtured and being treated with utmost care and consideration. Quite the opposite from what she was used to in her past. She just wanted to be held closely and immerse herself in the moment. I think women have emotions that we males at time just don’t understand. This was our experience, not necessarily others though. All the best.

  7. 607326026074479@facebook.com' Paul Erickson says:

    Maybe because relationship was only about sex.

  8. 10153324706005889@facebook.com' Chow Cee says:

    Jon Huynh i told you you’re not alone…

  9. 10204304333403019@facebook.com' Manuela Beyer says:

    One reason is also, the body is totally relaxed, and all back hold tension can release the body. Then crying is some relaxing for the soul

  10. 10156105542965507@facebook.com' Scott Wilcox says:

    Keziah Meyer

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