Can an Orgasm Make You Depressed?

Playing Can an Orgasm Cause Depression?

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A viewer writes in on social media that after she has an orgasm, she feels depressed for a day or two. She wants to know what is the cause and if it’s normal.

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The Doctors invite on psychiatrist Dr. Ish Major to answer her questions. It turns out, there is a name for this diagnosis, PCD, post-coital dysphoria. Dr. Ish says it affects about 10% of women every single time after sex and up to 50% of women 2 – 3 times per month.

Vivica A. Fox questions if it’s just a matter of not feeling in the mood, does that bring upon the depression?

Dr. Ish explains that having sex releases feel-good hormones like endorphins, serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin and then it’s only natural to have a come down after. He shares the thought used to be that only men experience this but now it is known that PCD actually affects more women than men.

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Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon says the tip is to communicate. Dr. Ish adds that you’ve got to take those expectations and replace them with a firm appreciation for what you have in your relationship. He adds that it’s important to try and stay in the moment.