Oxytocin may be a new love drug that is hitting the market, but it is far from a new development in human biology. Oxytocin is a type of hormone that is released in respond to a wide variety of stimulus like skin-to-skin contact or cervical stimulation. Oxytocin is known as the love drug, cuddle hormone, or the love hormone. The reason that Oxytocin has been given that name is because of the effects of the hormone. It sends a cascade of reactions to all parts of the body which results in both biological and psychological arousal. The hormone levels tend to be higher during both stressful and socially bonding experiences, according to the American Psychological Association. Carol Rinkleib Ellison, a clinical psychologist in private practice in Loomis, California and former assistant clinical psychiatry professor at the University of California, San Francisco, states that “it is like a hormone of attachment. It creates feelings of calm and closeness.” It’s been studied that pregnant women with higher levels of Oxytocin during their first trimester bonded more strongly with their babies after they were born. It has also been shown that the hormone can intensify bonding between sexual partners.
Oxytocin is a hormone that causes a multitude of reactions. One reaction that happens when you are exposed to Oxytocin is that it fosters generosity. In a 2007 study it was shown that participants who inhaled Oxytocin through their noses and then were asked on how they would split money with a stranger. During the study, 80 percent of the people were actually more generous. Another research done showed that Oxytocin can actually ease your stress. The study was done on siblings who were separated. When they were injected with the Oxytocin, their signs of extreme anxiety, stress and depression lowered. Dallas Anti-Aging & Wellness now does Oxytocin injections for anyone looking to enhance their relationship or lowing stress. Given its ability to generate deep and profound emotional connections, and its ability to fuel feelings of sexual intimacy and desire culminating in powerful orgasms, Oxytocin really is the nearest thing to a love drug.