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Research reveals lingering postcoital cycle in women
In 2011, UK researchers released an interesting survey of postcoital symptoms in women. It didn’t fit the standard script about how sex and orgasms transform women into glowing, satisfied beings or eager, contented lovers. Researchers noted,
Despite a wealth of evidence from specific internet sites and forums suggesting that irritability, crying and mood swings after sex seem to be common in females and males, to date no scientific study has tried to explore the nature of the phenomenon. … Reports from female sufferers describing their condition suggest that [postcoital symptoms] can occur after sexual intercourse, both with and without orgasm…
Historical lovemaking prescriptions
The existence of a postorgasm/copulation cycle (PCC) could explain why sages around the globe recommended techniques to keep lovers in balance and sustain the harmony of their unions. For example, classical European artists often painted the theme of sensual Aphrodite withholding the arrow of Eros—signifying the need to keep Eros in check in the interest of love.
Kosher sex is more explicit. It prescribes almost two weeks a month in separate beds. This hiatus returns a woman’s partner to her at her maximum fertility, but it also would also give her time to restore her libido and energy levels to homeostasis.
Daoist dual cultivation recommended a controlled approach to sex as well, withoutweeks of separation. The ancient Chinese Classic of Su Nu states, “If one engages in sex without emission…exercising self-control and calming the passion, love actually increases.” Both karezza and Michael and Diana Richardson’s tantra also place an emphasis on frequent, gentle intercourse, rather than frequent climax, as a means to sexual happiness…