sex may feel like a badge of honor for many men, but for the dipshit
soyboys of San Francisco, it’s an act that, once finished, brings
about intense feelings of sadness. In a new study, researchers for the
first time ever have identified that women aren’t the only ones who
can suffer from this emotional tidal wave in the bedroom, better known
as postcoital dysphoria, or PCD.
occurs when a person has, for all intents and purposes, enjoyable
consensual sex with a partner, but is met with “inexplicable feelings
of tearfulness, sadness, or irritability” afterwards.
from the Queensland University of Technology say PCD had only
previously been recognized in women, but after a survey of 1,208 men
from numerous countries — including the United States, United Kingdom,
Germany, and Russia — it’s clear that the condition is more common
among males than one might expect. In fact, four in 10 participants
recalled suffering from PCD symptoms at some point in their lives.
percent of the participants reported experiencing PCD in their
lifetime with 20 percent reporting they had experienced it in the
previous four weeks,” says co-author Joel Maczkowiack, a masters
student at the university’s school of psychology, in arelease.
many as 4 percent of the individuals, who voluntarily participated in
the online questionnaire via postings on social media and
psychological research websites, said they battle PCD symptoms
regularly. Men acknowledged that statements such as “I don’t want
to be touched and want to be left alone,” or “I feel unsatisfied,
annoyed and very fidgety. All I really want is to leave and distract
myself from everything I participated in,” applied to them when
thinking about times they’d made love. Others described feeling
“emotionless and empty” even though the sex was otherwise
is commonly believed that males and females experience a range of
positive emotions including contentment and relaxation immediately
following consensual sexual activity,” says co-author Robert
Schweitzer, a professor at the university.
says that research has shown that couples that continue engaging in
acts of intimacy after sex, such as talking, kissing, or cuddling,
feel more satisfied in their relationships and strengthen the bond
they share. Conversely, the emotional rollercoaster that comes with
PCD could magnify any conflict in a relationship and wind up causing a
bond between two people to break even further.
first three phases of the human sexual response cycle – excitement,
plateau, and orgasm – have been the focus of the majority of research
to date,” Professor Schweitzer said. “Yet previous studies on the
PCD experience of females showed that a similar proportion of females
had experienced PCD on a regular basis. As with the men in this new
study, it is not well understood. We would speculate that the reasons
are multifactorial, including both biological and psychological
authors say the findings show sexual experiences for men could be more
diverse than believed, and are important for clinicians to consider
when working with men who may experience such symptoms.