Women are less likely to regret random hookups if the sex was satisfying, according to a new Canadian study.
The researchers interviewed women about uncommitted sexual encounters and found that bad sex was associated with disappointment, embarrassment, and guilt.
Good sex, however, rarely led to regret. “Orgasmic sex causes the release of oxytocin, which promotes bonding,” says study author Maryanne Fisher, Ph.D. This could lead her to believe it’s the start of a relationship. But even if you can’t promise forever, you can promise protection: Using a condom may also reduce her regret, says Fisher.