Sex Talk : Oxytocin - The Love Hormone
Oxytocin - the natural love drug plays a crucial role in nurturing our relationships, strengthening friendships, building trust and enduring marriages. Oxytocin is released in response to hugs, kisses, caresses and sometimes a simple touch.
“A hug prompts the release of oxytocin, leading to feelings of closeness, sexual intimacy, and the release of more oxytocin. In fact, orgasm produces a spike in the hormone more than two times the normal level, accounting for the calming postcoital afterglow and greater bonding," as quoted by Project-aware.
In a study measuring oxytocin serum levels in women before and after sexual stimulation, reported on Wikipedia, the author suggests that “oxytocin serves an important role in sexual arousal. This study found genital tract stimulation resulted in increased oxytocin immediately after orgasm.”
Estrogen simplifies the effects of oxytocin. This happens particularly in women during their ovulating days. They are high on estrogen and are aroused even by a touch.
Estrogen levels decreases once a person hits menopause. In such cases, older couples can follow these tips:
- Even if you are not in the mood, try and get physical. Start with a hug and kiss, and with oxytocin released, you might just get there.
- Avoid negative people around you.
- Don’t think it’s odd to walk in hand in hand with your spouse or friends, do that as more as possible.
- Think about your romantic partner when apart.
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