Vaginal absorption of hormones via ejaculate – a medical hypothesis

    I came across an interesting medical hypothesis that the hormones present in ejaculate can be absorbed by a woman and have an effect on her mood. The abstract has a pretty extreme example of a woman who was avoiding sex with her husband and was also experiencing depression. (The abstract also mentions she was post-partem but doesn’t give timelines) While I haven’t read the whole article, and it is just a hypothesis not a true medical study, it does seem intriguing.

    I’ve often seen/heard advice and testimonials for low libido wives to have more sex and the desire will follow. While some of that could be from the neurochemical response of arousal and orgasm, or the feeling of spiritual connectedness from experiencing God’s intention of a one-flesh union, could it also be a hormonal imbalance “treated” by her husband’s emission?

    Has anyone had hormonal testing results that would potentially support this?

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3637620?report=abstract

    Edit: Upon further inspection, this article is behind a $35.99 paywall.

    California King Asked on September 28, 2019 in The Science of Sex .
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      One aspect of frequent sex is an increase on oxytocin. There is reliable research that credits oxytocin for a sense of well-being. So, if more frequent sex generates that benefit, the possible benefit of semen to be beneficial is frosting on the cake! 🎂🔥👏

      On the floor Answered on September 28, 2019.
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        It makes sense to me that God would not only make it enjoyable for us but also beneficial to our physical and emotional well-being!

        Under the stars Answered on September 28, 2019.
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          I don’t know if this is connected in anyway, but when we started having frequent sex (near daily), my menstrual cycle regulated in a way it never has been….and has remained for 6+ years. That means my hormones had to have regulated in some form. Was it just coincidence or is there a connection? I have always wondered.

          Hopefully sex will make perimenopause/menopause a little more tolerable. 😉

          Under the stars Answered on September 28, 2019.

          SeekingChange, it certainly has for my wife.  😀  She entered into perimeno EARLY (in her late 30’s).  I have way more fingers than she’s had periods during our marriage of 29 months so far. She tries to regulate with natural hormones….and if this is her on them? Wow!  She has been more than willing to ask me a time or two, “if you think this is bad, would you like to see me off them?” My quick response is “NOPE!” 😀

          Man, have some of those mood swings been interesting to handle in our new marriage.  I’d always said I wanted someone who was either past that point or it wasn’t gonna happen for years to come so we could cement the relationship before that rollercoaster. Apparently, God, in His infinite humor,…er, I mean wisdom, 😀 decided that my new wife was gonna go through it during our first years of marriage (which has been great for no monthly interruptions…but difficult on the mood swings). =(

          on September 29, 2019.

          When you say “natural hormones” what do you mean? What is she using?

          on September 29, 2019.
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            This is not really new. There are small group studies dating back (in modern times) to 2006 that were examining the hormones found in seminal fluids and other studies showing how absorptive the vaginal canal is. The difficulty in determining true results is that this requires scientific evidence of improvement in women overall. There is not a good “scientific” way to do this. There are too many alternative factors that make it hard to prove, many of which are currently outside of the current standards of medical practice. While I would like it to be true, there is nothing to hang your hat on as of yet.

            King bed Answered on September 29, 2019.

            Quasi-experimental design could work.  They do that for other things.  If they have a large enough sample size, they could hopefully counteract all those other variables with the number of subjects. I would imagine measures of feeling of well-being are somewhat subjective. 

             

            If those who report low sex frequency are more likely to misreport feelings of well being, for example, that could be a problem.  and the same for those with high frequency.

             

            One way to do this would be to take a very large random sample of people and ask sexual frequency and then track their report of a sense of well-being (or whatever depression-related variables are relevant) over time along with their sexual frequency. If those with low sex frequency tend to have emotional issues, then the experiment may require prescribing a certain frequency of sexual activity could be a way of doing it.  They could have a group with sexless marriages (already, not prescribing it since that is unethical).  Another group they could prescribe a low sexual frequency (along the lines of what they are doing already) an then prescribe another group with a high sexual frequency.  If depressed people overreport sex in a categorical manner or something like that, this could be controlled for by asking the spouse for a report of sexual frequency. I don’t know the research or the variables, but I think such a study is very doable. 

            on September 30, 2019.
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              I’m not medically trained but my wife and I always felt that there was something mutually beneficial in ejaculating inside her, even though we used the withdrawal method for family planning. It just felt right and proper to do it at least a few times a month, usually just before she was due her period to minimize the risk (having said that, we always accepted the possibility of making a baby…). Likewise, I often wondered about the effects of her vaginal secretions on my penis.

               

              Queen bed Answered on September 29, 2019.
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                This sounds like it calls for an experiment!

                Queen bed Answered on September 29, 2019.
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                  Btw, if anyone finds a study that shows that scientists showed some positive mood benefits across a large sample size for women whose husbands ejaculate into them….especially if it is extremely frequently, please let me know.  I’d like to share that with my wife.

                  I saw a study that said that sex so many times a week made people happier, but less so as the sex increased beyond that point.  I didn’t want to share that one with my wife.  🙂

                  Queen bed Answered on September 29, 2019.
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                    Building on what OWM said, I think God’s knowledge is so infinitely greater than ours that what we know about the functions of our bodies could be the equivalent of how pre-schoolers understand cars:  “Car go vroom!” I can easily imagine that semen could have all kinds of benefits we don’t know about for women, since it has benefits we do know about, no matter how seemingly minor, like the nutrients we ingest when we swallow and the benefit to skin when we let it absorb. (I think there was a study debunking the theory that it should be used for regular facial skin care, but I know from my own experience that when it dries/absorbs on my stomach and thighs, they get softer.)

                    It’s just all-around good stuff, and one more reason on top of myriad that it’s an all-around good thing for married couples to make love thoroughly and often! 😀

                    Under the stars Answered on September 29, 2019.
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