“Postcoital Dysphoria” (PCD), or “post‐sex blues”
Over the years, as a male, I have, on rare occasions, experienced the feelings of depression following masturbation. Thankfully, these rare occasions have been transitory often lasting only for a few minutes, but on some occasions, a few hours.
I have often tried to analyse the cause of these bouts of depression and considered whether latent repressive feelings of guilt; some neurochemical release; or some underlying psychological conditioning were the cause.
I’ve just finished reading two research papers on “Postcoital Dysphoria” (PCD), or “post‐sex blues” in women and wondered whether this could also be a psychological symptom suffered in the male population following sexual intercourse (or post masturbation).
PCD is the experience of negative effects which are often characterized by a sense of melancholy or depression, tearfulness, anxiety, agitation, or aggression following sexual intercourse.
I was surprised at just how little attention has been given to the physiological or emotional condition (PCD) occurs post‐coitally especially when I learned that the results, from the sampling of two hundred and thirty female university students who completed an online survey, showed that:
• 46% of respondents reported experiencing PCD symptoms at least once in their lifetime; and
• 5.1% experiencing PCD symptoms a few times within the past 4 weeks
A separate study, investigated the experience of PCD’s psychological symptoms such as irritability and motiveless crying after sexual intercourse and/or orgasm in a sample of 1,489 female twins in the United Kingdom.
The results of this study showed:
• 7.7% of women sampled reported experiencing these PCD symptoms persistently and;
• 3.7% of women reporting recent experiences of these symptoms.
Whilst recent research has focussed on PCD amongst the female population, I am unaware of any similar research into PCD within the male population.
To this end, I was wondering whether some (or all) of these psychological symptoms are the;
• post-masturbation; and/or
experiences of Forum members.
Have any Forum members suffered from PCD-like symptoms after sexual intercourse, or masturbation?