Skip to comments."Safe Sex" with Condoms Bad for Mental Health, Psych Researcher Finds
Posted on 08/04/2009 1:00:08 PM PDT by topher
Tuesday August 4, 2009
"Safe Sex" with Condoms Bad for Mental Health, Psych Researcher Finds
"Emotional immaturity" and depression more prevalent among condom-users
By Hilary White
PAISLEY, Scotland, August 4, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Research from Scotland finding that heterosexual sex without using condoms is more likely to make people happy than "safe sex" with condoms, has stirred controversy among "sexual health" campaigners. The lead researcher wrote of the survey respondents, "The more often they have sex without condoms, the better their mental health."
In the study, titled, "Condom Use for Penile-Vaginal Intercourse is Associated with Immature Psychological Defense Mechanisms," Professor Stuart Brody of the University of the West of Scotland in Paisley gave questionnaires to 111 Portuguese men and 99 women asking questions about their sex lives and their state of mind over a period of one month. The findings are to be published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behaviour.
The study's abstract gives the purpose as the examination of a hypothesis put forward by Sigmund Freud, "that use of immature psychological defense mechanisms correlates directly with frequency of condom use during PVI, but inversely with frequency of PVI [penile-vaginal intercourse] without condoms."
The survey found that "frequency of PVI with condoms correlated directly with use of immature defenses," according to a standard test of psychological reactions. It also found that "immature defenses" were associated with masturbation in both sexes. In general, the study concluded that condom use during PVI is associated with "psychological immaturity and predisposition to poorer mental health," including depression and suicidal tendencies.
Brody wrote, "The more often they have sex without condoms, the better their mental health." His findings suggest that condom use negates the mental health benefits of what he called "evolutionarily relevant sex." He theorized that there is a direct biochemical response in natural heterosexual relations that is blocked by condoms.
Brody wrote in the study, "Possible explanations for the interference of condoms with the health benefits of PVI include blocking of antidepressant and immunological agents in semen and genital secretions, reduced sexual satisfaction and intimacy, and psychopathology-prone persons who are more psychologically immature and/or heterosocially anxious being more likely to use condoms for PVI."
In an interview with the UK's Independent newspaper, Brody responded to criticisms from sex-campaigners at the Family Planning Association that his findings, if they were acted upon, would result in increases in sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies.
"I have an interest in the best possible science," he said. "I don't want to let anything get in the way, whether its political correctness, or religion. I have deliberately not used the term 'heterosexual sex'," he said.
"Evolution is not politically correct, so of the very broad range of potential sexual behaviour, there is actually only one that is consistently associated with better physical and mental health and that is the one sexual behaviour that would be favoured by evolution. That is not accidental."
In 2007, Brody angered homosexualist activists in the UK when he published research that found intercourse between men and women is the only form of sexual behaviour that improves "psychological and physiological function." He found that levels of prolactin, the hormone that provides the body with sexual gratification, were 400 percent higher among male and female couples who had heterosexual intercourse than those engaging in other forms of sex.
Peter Tatchell, one of Britain's leading homosexualist spokesmen, called the research "unscientific and extreme" and said it contradicted other studies by the US sex researchers Masters and Johnson. Tatchell said, "Brody's is an extreme and disparaging stance to adopt and he seems to have an ideological agenda to promote conventional heterosexual intercourse."
Brody responded at the time, "The radical left wants sex research done, but only if the results are politically acceptable to them."
Brody's previous work has also criticized the disinformation commonly promulgated in the media about the transmission of AIDS among the general population and warned that political correctness has seriously muddied the issues.
His 1997 book "Sex at Risk: Lifetime number of partners, frequency of intercourse and low AIDS risk of vaginal intercourse," concluded that "ideological knowledge" about AIDS, that asserts that heterosexuals are at equal risk of contracting the disease as active homosexuals, is more prevalent in society than evidence-based scientific knowledge gained from objective research. One reviewer called the book a "succinct indictment of people who have conflated politics and science in setting AIDS policy over the past 15 years."
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Yeah. Opening them packets used to drive me nuts!
I hate condoms. glad I am free from them now !
OMG! WHAT next????
Safe sex with condoms, is probably a lot better for mental health than no sex.
“heterosexual sex without using condoms is more likely to make people happy than “safe sex” with condoms”
in other news the sky is blue
yeesh someone paid to have this study done anyone could have told these guys that
This may explain the actions of the guys at nbn.
The key to safe sex.
Waiting til we were married. always staying faithfull to eachother. using other birth control methods (pill).
and I don’t have to worry about condoms on a nightly basis :)
it works out really really good.
Yep. That’s why sailors getting into port are all so miserable. Facing the prospect of all those condoms...
What in the world is an “immature psychological defense mechanism” with regards to sex? Always great when researchers just blow smoke ... ooops probably should have said something more mature
What bothers me most about this drivel is that someone got PAID good money for even attempting this “research”.
Some folls are all too soon parted from their money.
Governments in general worldwide need to review what they spend taxpayer money on.
This is ludicrous.
AIDS is anough of a problem all over the globe. This “research” doesn’t help one little bit.
They should just use rubber bands!
Most sailors pulling into port aren't worried about condoms at all. ;^)
I do speak from experience.
Not among heterosexuals it's not. Don't parrot the PC propaganda.
At least one reason I can think of is that Masters and Johnson paired up total strangers to observe them having sex. They were two of the architects of the Marxist sex revolution in this country, and they were marital cheaters as well.
This researcher interviewed people who presumably chose their own partners.
I would like to know if the unhappy/suicidal people using condoms were predominantly muliple-partner people (i.e. trying to live out the sexual freedom lie), and the happy people not using condoms were predominantly participants in the tradition of single-partner marriage...
If so, it would seem to confirm other studies I’ve seen that show that married people tend to be happier...
“..heterosexual sex without using condoms is more likely to make people happy than safe sex with condoms
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If you are using a condom, you might worry about the diseases that woman has.
If you are using a condom, you might worry about the condom breaking and her becoming pregnant.
However, no condom, you are more “secure” in thinking “everything’s covered” or “what’s the harm”. You may also be in a committed relationship.
You can abort away a pregnancy but you can’t abort an STD.
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