Doctor (but not of love) resigns after saying unprotected sex makes women happier

Unprotected sex makes women happier, according to the Dr. Lazar Greenfield, the once-upon-a-time incoming president of the American College of Surgeons.

Greenfield, 78,  ”shocked the medical community” by making the suggestion that  ”[semen is] a better gift … than chocolates” in a Valentine’s Day editorial.

This woman is either very happy or has recently fallen out of an airplane.

This woman is either very happy or has recently fallen out of an airplane.

Less shockingly, he has resigned his position as editor in chief of Surgery News and won’t be getting that prestigious new gig after all.

The entire online issue of the publication in which the article appeared — the official newspaper of the American College of Surgeons — was also withdrawn.

Here’s the offending text:

It’s been known since the 1990s that heterosexual women living together synchronize their menstrual cycles because of pheromones, but when a study of lesbians showed that they do not synchronize, the researchers suspected that semen played a role. In fact, they found ingredients in semen that include mood enhancers like estrone, cortisol, prolactin, oxytocin, and serotonin; a sleep enhancer, melatonin; and of course, sperm, which makes up only 1%-5%. Delivering these compounds into the richly vascularized vagina also turns out to have major salutary effects for the recipient. Female college students having unprotected sex were significantly less depressed than were those whose partners used condoms. Their better moods were not just a feature of promiscuity, because women using condoms were just as depressed as those practicing total abstinence. The benefits of semen contact also were seen in fewer suicide attempts and better performance on cognition tests.

So 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.

Greenfield is certainly smart, he wrote a famous textbook on surgery and invented the Greenfield Filter, which prevents blood clots from traveling into the lungs and other places during surgery, but he’s not wise. After the editorial, instead of simply apologizing, he seemed to attack the women who were offended by his editorial in a well-read e-mail.

As for that study, many think it’s flawed, but I can’t find any refutation of the controversial conclusion online.

Still, it would be unwise to forget the chocolates, or the condoms, which the CDC seems to think are quite useful.

28 comments Add your comment

Old Geezer

April 28th, 2011
5:44 pm

Never let it be said I give bad gifts every again.

Packed in Water

April 28th, 2011
5:47 pm

As a lesbian, I call BS on this entire article and this blog on the basis that both were written by men. Try finding a man who thinks their semen isn’t a “gift” to a woman.

Rachael

April 29th, 2011
8:36 am

Just because an idea is unpopular doesn’t make it false. Perhaps more studies should be done – if semen does have these benefits, I’d like a mood-lifting-semen-substitute pill, please.

Believe me, such knowledge is not going to make a woman start having unprotected sex. Nothing is as depressing as an unplanned pregnancy or a surprise STD.

Critical Thinker

April 29th, 2011
8:52 am

I don’t know why people think the idea is BS. Thebody craves sugar and fat in order to survive, and thus procrate. Exercise releases endorphin as a motivation to keep the body in working condition. The reason sex feels good is to motivate the species to reproduce. Why wouldn’t there be a chemical agent in sexual fluids to make sure that the species procreates? I know the lesbian poster might be offended, but you can’t fight evolution. We’re made a certain way in order to survive and pass on our genes. Almost everything in our bodies is geared solely for that ourpose. That doesn’t mean you can’t control or resist it, but just because you resist, doesn’t make that fact a lie.

Kip

April 29th, 2011
9:29 am

As a physician, I don’t understand such offense to an opinion from a physician of his stature. Why can his opinion not be respected, especially when there is no marketing behind it’s suppose, whereas in so many other instances $ show seeping out of the mention? Why are we so skewed in our opinions when our moral fiber is so tainted?

Steve Padre

April 29th, 2011
9:30 am

@Packed in Water….. I don’t think my semen is a gift. In fact I wish I could turn it off in most situations.

Nature

April 29th, 2011
9:47 am

“That doesn’t mean you can’t control or resist it, but just because you resist, doesn’t make that fact a lie.”

But does make them a ding against nature.

woodrow

April 29th, 2011
10:13 am

This is very well known research. I’m not sure why it would cause a scandal at this late date. It’s kind of like saying the earth is not flat. A scientist should not have to hide in the shadows.

Michelle

April 29th, 2011
10:44 am

As a mother of 4 girls, I can refute it. My daughters, including two who were not sexually active (and I know this because my family doctor felt the need to reassure me they were virgins after their gyn exams – don’t ask me why) DID have synchronized cycles. I would suspect that this doctor may be suffering from some dementia.

Poke 'Em With a Stick

April 29th, 2011
10:54 am

A guy met a woman at the bar, after some drinks she asks him back to her place but says, “I must warn you though, I’m on my menstrual cycle.”
He said, “That’s cool, I’m on my moped, I’ll follow you.”

So many problems in this world would be solved if all the research money be concentrated on making semen taste like chocolate – Ron White

Marc Schneider

April 29th, 2011
11:17 am

“Try finding a man who thinks their semen isn’t a “gift” to a woman.”

That’s one of the dumber comments I’ve read in a while.

LaunchOps

April 29th, 2011
11:25 am

So much for the oft said, “and the truth shall set you free”. With deep thinkers like “Packed in Water” above, not a surprising outcome. Pathetic that the only thing you came away with was the ‘gift’ thing, honey.

The Big Bopper

April 29th, 2011
11:25 am

“As a lesbian,”

Instant credibility killer.

Alexandra

April 29th, 2011
11:40 am

Physiology and science come up against the penis-envy and man-hate of the lesbian community.

Alexandra

April 29th, 2011
12:00 pm

BTW – Michelle April 29th, 2011 10:44 am

Have your seen the current teenage rate of oral sex? That many teens don’t think of it as sex? I’m not saying your angels would ever be involved in it, just saying.

Ryan Shakur

April 29th, 2011
12:22 pm

Ryan Shakur

April 29th, 2011
12:23 pm

oh I mean, “LOL” lol

shanti

May 5th, 2011
2:19 pm

Oh, yeah. Semen is a gift. As well as the STDs that come with it. STD-infected semen is every woman’s dream

Chris S

May 5th, 2011
10:13 pm

If his facts are flawed, someone should contest it. Otherwise, this looks like a case of political correctness trying to overpower science. If he lived today, Galileo would have found political correctness a far more formidable enemy than the church ever was.

JimmyZ

May 10th, 2011
7:51 pm

Now I know why my wife wanted me to have a vasectomy… I couldn’t figure out why she was so much happier afterward, but now I know!

I really don’t see what the point of being offended is. The man merely stated an observation that could well be true. Perhaps the editorializing he did was a bit non PC, but that doesn’t mean that what he said isn’t true.

Gae

May 11th, 2011
6:26 am

I could understand that he needed to resign/retire at 78 anyway. As usual the headline is no indication of what the article is really about and what causes the offence. Of course unprotected sex is supposed to be more enjoyable. It is nature’s way. I doubt very much that it is because women are all agog over semen though. There is no freedom of speech anywhere these days. Why don’t we all just shut up about homosexuals and stop giving them so much airplay! 99% of the time homosexuality is none other than a sexual preference.

The Only Moderate

May 11th, 2011
8:59 am

Anyone who believes in evolution should believe in the validity of this study. Up until recently, the highest rates of reproduction were by successful people.
In addition, as has been pointed out, if the study could have been refuted by a better study, being politically correct, it WOULD have been published

carefree002

May 11th, 2011
12:48 pm

vasectomy! there we go! all the gooey goodness and no preggos! and the girl’s body is satisfied too!

Lydia

May 11th, 2011
12:52 pm

I think this guy is abslutely right. It is a much more pleasant experience when everything is hot, naked and wet. The ladies who don’t do it that way miss much long term pleasure and satisfaction. They probably prefer chocolates..

Marilyn Carter

May 11th, 2011
1:30 pm

My sides are cramping from laughing God this is funny who knows but laughter is good for the soul.

middleoftheroader

May 11th, 2011
1:46 pm

OMG! What an idiot. This guy may be a “respected” physician but I’d like to see the body of legitimate research backing up his claim. And what kind of empirical studies did he do? Since the dawn of time men have tried to avoid the dreaded condom, even in this day of AIDs and rampant STDs, and this bozo is trying to set us back, not to the sexual revolution, but to prehistoric days and even then I bet there was some kind of prophylactic around. Irresponsible at best!

Ya Right

May 11th, 2011
7:14 pm

Gae Says: “99% of the time homosexuality is none other than a sexual preference.”
The pedophiles, necrophilia and bestially crowd think it is a preference also.

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