Curious about the evidence that arousal and climax can cause measurable shifts after sex in mood, perception, satisfaction and desire? Start here.
Also see Neuroendocrinology and sex for evidence of post-climax neuroendocrine shifts, and Other physiological shifts for evidence of additional measurable changes. Don’t miss these pages either: Too much? and Post-climax cravings.
All of these changes may underlie the shifts in mood, perception, etc. gathered in this section.
Postcoital Symptoms in a Convenience Sample of Men and Women
When Orgasms Do Not Equal Pleasure: Accounts of “Bad” Orgasm Experiences During Consensual Sexual Encounters
Sex and Depression: In the Brain, if Not the Mind [New York Times piece by psychiatrist]
Postcoital Dysphoria: Prevalence and Correlates Among Males
Also see Other physiological shifts for research on testosterone, prostate health, semen output, etc. In addition, see Neuroendocrinology and sex, as many of those studies were done on males.
The Association Between Sexual Behavior and Affect: Moderating Factors in Young Women
An epidemiological survey of post-coital psychological symptoms in a UK population sample of female twins
Postcoital Dysphoria: Prevalence and Psychological Correlates
Sexual activity is inversely related to women’s perceptions of the facial attractiveness of unknown men
Diagnosis and Treatment of Human Seminal Plasma Hypersensitivity
Sexual frequency is associated with age of natural menopause: results from the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation
The Evolutionary Origin of Female Orgasm
Too much? Post-climax cravings