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Postcoital Dysphoria: Prevalence and Correlates Among Males.
J Sex Marital Ther. 2019; 45(2):128-140.JS

Abstract

Consensual sexual activity is believed to be associated with a positive emotional experience, however, postcoital dysphoria (PCD) is a counterintuitive phenomenon characterized by inexplicable feelings of tearfulness, sadness, or irritability following otherwise satisfactory consensual sexual activity. Prevalence of PCD has been reported among females, but not among males. The present study utilized an anonymous online questionnaire to examine the prevalence and correlates of PCD among an international sample including 1,208 male participants. Forty-one percent reported experiencing PCD in their lifetime and 20.2% reported experiencing PCD in the previous four weeks. Between 3% and 4% of the sample reported experiencing PCD on a regular basis. PCD was found to be associated with current psychological distress, childhood sexual abuse, and several sexual dysfunctions. Results indicate that the male experience of the resolution phase may be far more varied, complex, and nuanced than previously thought and lays a foundation for future research investigating PCD among males. Findings have implications for therapeutic settings as well as the general discourse regarding the male sexual experience.

Authors+Show Affiliations

a School of Psychology and Counselling , Queensland University of Technology , Kelvin Grove , Australia.a School of Psychology and Counselling , Queensland University of Technology , Kelvin Grove , Australia.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

30040588

Citation

Maczkowiack, Joel, and Robert D. Schweitzer. "Postcoital Dysphoria: Prevalence and Correlates Among Males." Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, vol. 45, no. 2, 2019, pp. 128-140.
Maczkowiack J, Schweitzer RD. Postcoital Dysphoria: Prevalence and Correlates Among Males. J Sex Marital Ther. 2019;45(2):128-140.
Maczkowiack, J., & Schweitzer, R. D. (2019). Postcoital Dysphoria: Prevalence and Correlates Among Males. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 45(2), 128-140. https://doi.org/10.1080/0092623X.2018.1488326
Maczkowiack J, Schweitzer RD. Postcoital Dysphoria: Prevalence and Correlates Among Males. J Sex Marital Ther. 2019;45(2):128-140. PubMed PMID: 30040588.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Postcoital Dysphoria: Prevalence and Correlates Among Males. AU - Maczkowiack,Joel, AU - Schweitzer,Robert D, Y1 - 2019/02/07/ PY - 2018/7/25/pubmed PY - 2019/12/24/medline PY - 2018/7/25/entrez SP - 128 EP - 140 JF - Journal of sex & marital therapy JO - J Sex Marital Ther VL - 45 IS - 2 N2 - Consensual sexual activity is believed to be associated with a positive emotional experience, however, postcoital dysphoria (PCD) is a counterintuitive phenomenon characterized by inexplicable feelings of tearfulness, sadness, or irritability following otherwise satisfactory consensual sexual activity. Prevalence of PCD has been reported among females, but not among males. The present study utilized an anonymous online questionnaire to examine the prevalence and correlates of PCD among an international sample including 1,208 male participants. Forty-one percent reported experiencing PCD in their lifetime and 20.2% reported experiencing PCD in the previous four weeks. Between 3% and 4% of the sample reported experiencing PCD on a regular basis. PCD was found to be associated with current psychological distress, childhood sexual abuse, and several sexual dysfunctions. Results indicate that the male experience of the resolution phase may be far more varied, complex, and nuanced than previously thought and lays a foundation for future research investigating PCD among males. Findings have implications for therapeutic settings as well as the general discourse regarding the male sexual experience. SN - 1521-0715 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/30040588/Postcoital_Dysphoria:_Prevalence_and_Correlates_among_Males L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0092623X.2018.1488326 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -