It's true that people can feel sad after orgasm.
The research continues on from a study published in the International Journal of Sexual Health which found one in three (32.9 per cent) of more than 200 young women surveyed had experienced the phenomenon at some point in their lives.
And nearly 10 per cent of the women surveyed reported experiencing symptoms such as distress some of the time following consensual sex.
QUT Associate Professor Robert Schweitzer, from QUT's School of Psychology & Counselling, said the follow-up studies would try to better understand the experience and causes of post-coital dysphoria, the experience of negative feelings following consensual sex.
"The original findings are so counter-intuitive. Everyone imagines sex as an enjoyable experience," he said.
"But there seems to be a group of people who, in fact, experience distress following intercourse.
Maybe the reason people get so bummed is partly explained by the below survey (ahem)
If I had to fake it, I'd be CRYING.
IT'S OFFICIAL! Most women fake orgasms
In the latest study, the researchers from Indiana University found 85 percent of men said their female partners reached orgasm the last time they had sex — while only 64 percent of women said the same. --via Hindustan Times
All kidding aside, the idea that we go into a study with the assumption that all people should always feel happy after sex strikes me as, at a minimum, naive about human psychology and possibly sexually inexperienced. Yes, being significantly unhappy usually means something is very bad. But a dip in mood doesn't necessarily mean something is "wrong," either with the person or the sex, anymore than suddenly having sad thoughts during holiday celebrations means something's wrong with you or the celebrations. Moreover, the way I see the data, the study proves what poets have always known, that this is a common human experience, not counter-intuitive. I think we need to be more accepting of the range of emotions people are capable of, and not fear occasional lows, mistakes or failures.