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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.
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.
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.