Most people can agree that sex and it’s benefits on both mental and physical health are great. Generally, sex will leave you feeling refreshed, euphoric, and maybe ready to nap. What happens though when it doesn’t make you feel those things? What happens if you actually feel quite sad afterward? Is that normal? Turns out, it is.
In medical terms, this condition is called post-coital dysphoria and luckily, researchers at the Queensland University of Technology are doing their best to uncover more about it.
Robert Schweitzer, a QUT professor, is at the forefront of the research and he went on to say:
“Everyone assumes what happens in the bedroom is normal but there are a wide range of responses in the period of time immediately following consensual sexual activity, known as the resolution phase,” Schweitzer said.
“For example, some people like to cuddle, others like to be alone and there are others, as we have found in previous research that experience what is described as post-sex blues.”
Alright, that seems pretty dismal for those suffering. The question is, how do we both acknowledge and fix the problem?
“Overall our previous research has shown postcoital dysphoria is prevalent in the general population and can occur in spite of an otherwise physiologically functional sexual experience,” he said.
“This study will also gather data on the frequency of different experiences and whether they relate to other factors.”
The study is currently being held and the results will hopefully be available within the year. If you are interested in taking the survey, please click here. It takes about 30 minutes to complete.