While sex is usually associated with ecstasy, for some women getting it in is anything but joyous.

According to a new study published in the the International Journal of Sexual Health, a third of women under 35 say they often feel sad, anxious, restless or irritable after sex. Further more, 10 percent of the women surveyed admitted to frequently or almost always feel sad after their romp in the sheets was done.

While previous research has shown a connection between depression following casual sex, the women in the study were not experiencing the blues as a result of a one night stand. In fact, many of them were in established relationships and still felt the nagging feelings after having sex with the ones they were with.

Speaking on her emotions in relation to her romantic relationship, one of the respondents said:

“I did not associate the feeling with an absence of love or affection for my sexual partner nor with an absence of love or affection from them towards me, because it seemed so unconnected with them.”

The study has many researchers fuddled. The definite cause for “post-coital sadness” as it is known in the psychological community, remains unknown. While researchers note that these feels are common in women who approach sexual intercourse with histories of sexual abuse often associate making love with an overwhelming sense of guilt. However, this is not seen as a constant with the women interviewed for the study, so researchers will be looking next at the different personalities of the women. Researchers hope that by examining their personality types, they can find a connection between how the women describe themselves and how they experience the act of having sex.

What do you think of the study Clutchettes? Is post-sex depression real? Is it connected to a woman’s sexual past or is it tied to something else? Tell us what you think- share your thoughts!

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  • yann

    Loss of vital energy / chi during the sexual act is the reason you feel bad. This is normal and unavoidable, you will never find any medecine or solution to this. the only solution is a very strong moderation (chastety).

  • bodhisattva

    I think it’s something existential.

  • bodhisattva

    I think it has something to do with uniting with someone and then sadness when that unity is over. It’s existential. Like we are all ultimately alone, and we especially feel the pain of that aloneness after being beautifully united for a brief while….