Post-coital dysphoria – or post-coital tristesse – is the term used to describe feeling of tearful – sad – anxious – aggressive – agitated or generally melancholic after sex.
What is most interesting about the condition is that it happens after sex that is consensual.
‘It’s not uncommon to feel sad after sex.
It’s not necessarily due to a trauma or because they’re regretful: it doesn’t have to mean anything sinister is going on’.
She explained that it comes down the explosion of hormones in the body after sex – including endorphins – oxytocin and prolactin.
‘Having sex is a hugely intimate act and an orgasm releases lots of wonderful feel-good bonding hormones.
Those hormones drop following the peak of an orgasm and as you separate from the closeness that brought it about – a sense of sadness can follow’.