PCD was the subject of a recent study from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia that discovered almost half of the women surveyed have experienced sudden-onset sadness after doing the deed. Some men are known to also suffer from the condition.
Seconds after sex, writer Josie S. dissolves into uncontrollable floods of tears, sobbing as her lover looks on in confusion. “What’s the matter?” he asks, hurt. “Now you’re making me feel bad, too.”
Josie, 60, who does not want her last name in print for professional reasons, suffers from post-coital dysphoria (PCD) — feelings of depression after sexual intercourse — so the uncomfortable conversation is familiar territory.