Year: 2002 Source: Archives of Sexual Behavior, v.31, no.3, (June 2002), p.289-293 SIEC No: 20040035

In a sample of sexually active college females, condom use, as an indirect measure of the presence of semen in the reproductive tract, was related to scores on the Beck Depression Inventory. Not only were females who were having sex without condoms less depressed, but depressive symptoms & suicide attempts among females who used condoms were proportional to the consistency of condom use. For females who did not use condoms, depression scores went up as the amount of time since their last sexual encounter increased. Implications are discussed. (22 refs)