Is Publish-Nut Readability a Actual Factor?

Post-nut clarity is a term that's percolated into mainstream culture—with lengthy discussions on Reddit, podcasts, and even song lyrics (from Drake to Alemeda). Ironically, there's not a ton of clarity regarding its definition. In some scenarios, it references feelings of lucidity immediately after ejaculating; in others, it elicits feelings of remorse or disgust.

Whether it occurs after engaging in different sex positions or masturbation, this intriguing phenomenon sparks curiosity regarding its validity and underlying causes. 

Amidst the anecdotes, theories and speculations, is there any scientific evidence to support the phenomenon or is it largely anecdotal? And what exactly is post-nut clarity? We investigated.

What Is Post-Nut Clarity?

Defining the phenomenon is tricky because, as mentioned, it has two different meanings.

"During sexual arousal and ejaculation, there's a complex sequence of physiological and neurochemical changes in the brain," says Aliyah Moore, PhD, certified sex therapist and resident sex expert at SexualAlpha.

The Good

“Post-nut clarity is a term that describes a phenomenon a lot of men experience as clear-headedness or mental clarity after an orgasm—climaxing in sexual intercourse or after masturbation,” says Tara Suwinyattichaiporn, Ph.D., a sex and relationships expert and professor at California State University, Fullerton.

Some men use it to describe the feeling of liberation from sexual frustration, lucidity that casts away distraction and paves the way for optimal decision-making, and/or a general respite that's conducive to rest and sleep. Reddit user SkyRak3r even shared that there’s a Japanese word for this. It’s called kenja taimu, meaning "sage time" or the post-orgasmic period when a man's thoughts are no longer impaired by his sexual desires.

Back in 2005, there was a study that dug into what happens in our brains when we get all hot and bothered, then reach the grand finale. Researchers used brain scans called functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to peek inside the brain during sexual arousal and orgasm.

When men reach peak pleasure, parts of the brain associated with reward, pleasure, and emotions—including the amygdala and ventral tegmental—are highly activated. 

Research published in Fertility and Sterility confirms ejaculation affects the composition of oxytocin, the love hormone, in the brain. Levels shoot to above 20 to 360 percent post-ejaculation, according to a review article published in Nature Reviews Urology, then returns to baseline levels within just 10 minutes. 

"Oxytocin encourages bonding and relaxation as arousal increases," Moore adds. "The brain also releases neurotransmitters, like dopamine, which is linked to pleasure and reward. These neurotransmitters inundate the brain, leading to increased arousal and orgasmic release."

But here's the kicker: Right after we've hit that high point of ecstasy, there's a shift. Right after ejaculation, levels of these neurotransmitters decline quickly, resulting in a temporary change in neurochemistry.”

Those pleasure centers start to quiet down, particularly in the prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain is all about cognitive control and self-awareness, kind of like the brain saying, "Okay, fun's over, time to get back to reality."

After the fireworks of orgasm, our brains recalibrate. We move from that blissed-out state to a more clear-headed one. It's like the fog lifts, and we're back in the driver's seat of our thoughts. 

Additionally, researchers found something fascinating about how sexual arousal affects our decision-making. In another 2005 study, researchers discovered that when we're feeling turned on, it can shake up our judgment and choices. 

The Bad and the Ugly

Despite the positive effects, a significant number of men have described a feeling of shame, guilt, and an overarching feeling of resentment after nutting.

"The sexual response cycle is divided into four stages: desire, arousal, orgasm, and resolution, explains Rhiannon John, a New York City-based sexologist and sex toy reviewer at Bedbible. "During the first three cycles, the body builds up feel-good hormones to get you in the mood. These hormones lower inhibitions and disgust levels, meaning we may be into things we wouldn't normally be when not aroused.”

This is similar to a condition called post-coital dysphoria, in which people experience negative emotions after ejaculating. A 2019 study published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy gave an anonymous questionnaire to an international sample of 1,208 men to determine the prevalence of post-coital dysphoria, as defined by "tearfulness, sadness, or irritability following otherwise satisfactory consensual sexual activity." Forty-one percent said they experienced post-coital dysphoria in their lifetime, while 20 percent reported experiencing it in the last four weeks.

“[Researchers] found a correlation between post-coital dysphoria and people who have psychological distress, sexual abuse in their childhood, and other types of sexual dysfunctions,” Suwinyattichaiporn adds.

Suwinyattichaiporn is also quick to note that, while there are Reddit threads of men experiencing regret and disgust regarding the sex they had or partner they slept with (e.g. post-nut clarity), it's not the same phenomenon as post-coital dysphoria.

"The scientific studies are talking about post-coital dysphoria as a condition," Suwinyattichaiporn clarifies. "It has nothing to do with the misogynistic connotation that some young men are using in a misguided way.”

Ultimately, it's clear the immediate feelings men experience post-nut are palpable and real, but vary depending on the individual. This suggests that post-nut clarity affects a significant number of men negatively rather than positively. Therefore, it's important to consult a professional to understand why you may be experiencing negative feelings after ejaculation and why it's a recurring pattern in your life.

“In a therapeutic setting, the process of investigating and understanding post-nut clarity can contribute to the creation of a healthier connection with one's sexuality, a more conscious management of one's desires, and the making of informed decisions regarding sexual behavior and relationships,” Moore says.

How to Cope and/or Capitalize on Post-Nut Clarity

“If you find that you experience benefits such as enhanced clarity of thought after an orgasm, it's a positive outcome worth embracing,” says Rachel Needle, Psy.D., a licensed psychologist and co-director of Modern Sex Therapy Institutes.

“For the people who experience positive post-nut clarity, they should engage in productive activities that need a lot of energy—like going to the gym and exercising, going for a hike, or doing a work task that needs a lot of focus,” Suwinyattichaiporn says.

Another way to capitalize on this phenomenon is to take post-nut coaching sessions.

“This unique coaching service offers individuals the guidance and encouragement needed to get the best results from the clarity of mind that comes after orgasm for introspection, goal setting, and problem-solving,” Moore explains. “Post-nut clarity coaching sessions can be designed to suit each client's unique goals and needs, creating a safe and non-judgmental space where they can express their thoughts, emotions, and visions.”

Moore adds that she hasn't incorporated it into her practice as a sex therapist just yet. But she did mention a lifestyle coach named Greg Adams who's discussed it. However, she's not certain if he's provided this specific type of coaching to his clients.

Ultimately, don’t hesitate to speak to a professional if post-nut clarity is bringing you down.

“Reflect on how society plays a role in making you feel shameful and guilty about sex and pleasure,” John says. “This might be easier for some people than others, and if it's really getting in the way of your happiness, see a sex-positive mental health professional.” 

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