June 17, 2018

Oxytocin: The Love Hormone

Oxytocin: The Love Hormone and a Happy couple

Feeling ignored? Maybe you can use a oxytocin boost. Oxytocin is known as the love hormone. Why? Because it quickens and heightens the intensity of orgasm and improves sex drive. But, that’s not all. Oxytocin builds trust between people and stimulates sociability and friendliness more than any other hormone. Essentially, oxytocin makes us more attractive, appealing, or likeable to others while improving social functioning.

A study published in the Wall Street Journal on October 4, 2011 discussed the role of the love hormone, oxytocin, in building emotional bonds in the treatment of patients suffering from schizophrenia, autism, and other psychiatric disorders.  Oxytocin also reduces anxiety especially in social situations and improves mood causing people to smile more. See our article Smile More: How to Become More Attractive.

The Love Hormone at Work?

Oxytocin is a peptide and is made of just nine amino acids. Let’s look at all the physiologic benefits of the love hormone at work.

  • Oxytocin dilates blood vessels improving blood flow including and helps to lower blood pressure.
  • Oxytocin improves wound healing because of improved blood flow.
  • Oxytocin stimulate enhance attachment between lovers.
  • Oxytocin quickens and heightens orgasm and improves sex drive or libido.
  • Oxytocin increases production of anabolic hormones (growth hormone and testosterone), and reduces the production of catabolic hormones like cortisol.

Oxytocin in Women

In women oxytocin increases vaginal lubrication and improves vaginal contraction during sexual intercourse.  Women have quicker and more intense orgasms when taking oxytocin and are more likely to experience multiple orgasms.  Women tend to more alert after achieving orgasm while taking oxytocin, but just the opposite effect is seen in men in that regard. Oxytocin is sometimes used during labor and delivery of a new child as it increases uterine contractions.  It also stimulates breastfeeding by contracting the milk producing glands of the breast.

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Oxytocin in Men

Oxytocin in men increases sensitivity of the penis during sexual contact and increases the frequency of erections. It improves ejaculation by stimulating contraction of the seminal vesicles, seminiferous tubules, the epididymis, and the prostate.  Sperm release is also enhanced by oxytocin.  After orgasm oxytocin induces sleepiness in men, again having the opposite effect in women.

What Can I Do to Naturally Increase My Oxytocin Levels?

oxytocinOxytocin is increased through physical contact, hugging, massage, physical activity, sexual contact, and activities like singing and reading. Oxytocin levels are diminished by isolation or loneliness, anxiety, depression, chronic stress, and deficiencies in sex hormones (testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen). Oxytocin levels decline with age as the cells that produce oxytocin become less responsive to stimuli.

Signs and Symptoms of Oxytocin Deficiency

The signs and symptoms of oxytocin deficiency are many and can be broken down into mental and physical categories. Among the mental/emotional findings are:

  • irritability
  • lack of affection
  • and little joy from life

People who are introverted and non-emotional, or cold-hearted and unfriendly, untrusting, and paranoid are more likely to have an oxytocin deficiency. And, the same is true for those who have a need for solitude, gravitate to solitary work, and have a small circle of acquaintances.

Physical findings of oxytocin deficiency include:

  • rare smile
  • muscle aches
  • lower pain threshold
  • disturbed sleep
  • low sex drive
  • fewer ejaculations/orgasms
  • lower orgasmic intensity
  • and lack of love/emotion while having sex

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Diagnosis and Treatment for Low Oxytocin

While blood tests are available to measure oxytocin levels those tests are not widely available and primarily used for research purposes.  In individuals suffering from the signs and symptoms of oxytocin, replacement of oxytocin can be considered at least on a trial basis.  Oxytocin can be given any number of ways including orally, sublingual, intra-nasal, and through subcutaneous injections – each having its own advantages.

Don’t be low in oxytocin – the love hormone.

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Dr. Joe Jacko

Dr. Joe is board certified in internal medicine and sports medicine with additional training in hormone replacement therapy and regenerative medicine. He has trained or practiced at leading institutions including the Hughston Clinic, Cooper Clinic, Steadman-Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, and Cenegenics. He currently practices in Columbus, Ohio at Grandview Primary Care. Read more about Dr. Joe Jacko

  1. It is my understanding that oxytocin can NOT be taken orally as it is broken down in the digestive tract. Also, from my readings, while the IV system is fastest and provides a quicker “punch” it is however impractical but that either subq or IM injections appear to be both much more effective and efficient than the nasal sprays.

    1. Yes, SQ or IM would be more effective but nasal sprays are effective enough for many and are more convenient to use especially when traveling.

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