‘Surgery News’ Editors’ Resignation over SEMEN

The Editor of Surgery News, Dr. Lazar Greenfield, resigned after a backlash from his February 2011 article noting the benefits of semen. According to a quote from NPR the article ends with the following statement:

“S o there’s a deeper bond between men and women than St. Valentine would have suspected, and now we know there’s a better gift for that day than chocolates.”


Evidently the medical community felt comments that may suggest semens health benefits through sexual activity was a bit too much.

Lets first acknowledge that if it weren’t for semen, we wouldn’t even be here.  Second, studies have shown that semen includes anxiolytic chemicals such as cortisol, prolactin, estrone, oxytocin, melatonin, thyrotropin-releasing hormone and serotonin.  Third a study from Gallup and Burch* reported that women who were sexually active and condomless were less depressed and less suicidal as scored on the Beck Depressive Inventory, suggesting that  semen may antagonize depressive symptoms through vaginal absorption.  Lastly, if an organic substance can be life affirming and contain a multitude of healthy chemicals- as long as the person is disease free- why wouldn’t we ingest it.


Even if Dr Greenfields comments are seen as a bit misguided, doesn’t it warrant valid scientific consideration.  Can’t we discuss sex in a positive, life fulfulling, and healthy manner?  If semen has all these positive properties and we can medically confirm the health (disease free) of the male/semen provider, why not ‘drink up’ to our health!

About Anton Therapy

As a psychotherapist specializing in sexual concerns, I believe that communication and compromise, with a playful and open attitude are key components to a healthy intimate life. I infuse compassion, enthusiasm and a collaborative approach in treatment that puts clients at ease in discussing such personal topics. I hope this blog helps to open your mind, promote healthy sex, and encourages you to have a desire for intimacy and life! View all posts by Anton Therapy

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