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Otters Oddities

Lock up your daughters, Otter is is town......

I'm kidding. Don't lock them up. I'm not good at picking locks.

Seriously, though, pay attention to that warning. The content of todays post is decidedly mature in nature. While it doesn't involve explicit material, it does involve the male gamete. That is, the male contribution to the zygote. I'm talking semen, here. And not the kind that serves in the navy, either.


If you are offended by facts involving semen, and the effects it has on women, stop reading now. I will try to make this post as dignified as I can, considering the subject matter, but you have to be prepared; I may revert to third grade when discussing this topic. I will try not to, but when you see where I'm heading with this, you will understand that it may be difficult.

Every male who has grown past the age of puberty knows about semen. For some, their first experience with it occurred during an 'nocturnal emission', or 'wet dream'. When they happen, the male is generally mortified about what happened. If they had some Sex Ed before, they know what it was. If not, it was a shock to wake up to that particular mess.

Females, on the other hand, generally learn about it first from their friends, ('OMG! Guess what happened to my brother last night!'), during Sex Ed, or from a parent during 'the talk'.

Semen has one purpose. That's to pair up with a female egg to create a new life. And not just in humans. Everything that reproduces sexually produces either an egg or sperm. That includes some plants, as well.


The sperm, (and the female egg), are special cells called gametes. Actually, calling them a cell is wrong. They are closer to half a cell. And their one goal is to wriggle their way into an egg so they can become a full cell.

From their, the one divides into two, divides into four, divides into eight, divides into get the idea. It's called mitosis, and it's how babies go from a single cell to a squalling poop-factory.


But, there's also something about semen that isn't widely known. In a totally scientific study conducted by SUNY, (State University of New York), has shown that semen acts like an antidepressant in women.

Get your minds out of the gutter. I'm not talking about ingested semen. The study focused on vaginally absorbed semen.


Women that always or almost always used a condom showed more depressive symptoms than women who did not use condoms. The women tested were an even sampling of those in monogamous relationships and those who played the field.

There are some very scientific reasons this may be true. Semen contains much more than sperm. (sperm carries the DNA and chromosomes). Among the chemicals in semen are:

  • Cortisol
  • Serotonin
  • Melatonin
  • Oxytocin

Cortisol is a steroidal hormone produced by the body in response to stress. It works to counter the effects of stress and anxiety on the body.


Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that promotes a feeling of well being in the brain.

Melatonin is a hormone that helps maintain a regular circadian rhythm.

Oxytocin is a hormone commonly referred to as 'the love drug' as it associated with orgasms, among other things.


All these chemicals, particularly serotonin, can be found in the medicine cabinet of someone who has been diagnosed with depression.

The use of birth control methods other than a condom, (the pill, sponges, foams), Were allowed, and the women who used them, or no birth control at all, were the happier group in the study.


Scientists determined this is because the semen was absorbed through the vaginal walls, into the blood stream. This would give a mood boost to the women that would linger for extended periods of time.

Some of the other things discovered were:

  • Women who never used condoms were more likely to initiate sex
  • Women who didn't use condoms had sex on average, twice as much as those who did
  • Women who didn't use condoms were quicker to begin a new sexual relationship when the old one ended

It should be noted that women who don't use condoms are generally less insecure about themselves than women who do use condoms. That fact could be either a factor in the less depressive symptoms, or a result of the practice.

But the fact remains, women who prefer their sex bareback are happier than those who don't.


So......all you females out just do whatever it is you feel like doing, because I learned a loooooong time ago, you don't try and tell a woman what to do. Especially when it comes to sex. At least, not if you ever want to have sex again.

*Authors Note* Again, the study wasn't focused on birth control, only condoms. The women who didn't use condoms were sometimes using other methods. Also, the women who did use condoms showed depressive symptoms at the same frequency as women who were abstinent.

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