The hormone oxytocin is best known for its roles in childbirth and lactation. It is sometimes called the “love hormone” or “love drug” for its contribution to parenting, sexual bonding, and other social behaviors.
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Oxytocin in Childbirth
Oxytocin is manufactured in an area of the brain known as the hypothalamus. It is then stored in the pituitary gland. The creation of naturally occurring oxytocin in the body stimulates the uterus to contract at the end of pregnancy, which signals childbirth.
Lab-produced oxytocin, known as Pitocin, has been used for a number of years to initiate or strengthen uterine contractions during labor or to control bleeding following delivery.
On the other hand, medications that act against oxytocin are usually given to help halt premature labor. In addition, oxytocin also assists in the stimulation of milk production after birth.
Other Uses of Oxytocin
Scientific studies undertaken in recent years to examine the effect of oxytocin on the brain suggest that it has a much larger role beyond childbirth and lactation.
Studies in lab animals and humans indicate that the “love hormone” plays a vital role in establishing social relationships and behaviors, such as caregiving. In addition, oxytocin may have anxiolytic properties, which means that it may help manage anxiety.
Oxytocin has been referred to as a “wonder drug” that can help improve positive feelings and social skills while also supposedly relieving serious cognitive and psychiatric and behavioral disorders, such as autism, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
But, there is scant clinical evidence to indicate that oxytocin is an effective treatment for psychiatric disorders. According to a 2013 scientific review, oxytocin may help enhance communication skills in individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
Oxytocin Nasal Spray
Oxytocin may be administered as a nasal spray or an injection. In general, nasal sprays are used in medical studies of psychiatric effects, as a nasal spray enables oxytocin to travel more easily from the bloodstream to the brain compared to injection.
Oxytocin in Men
The production of oxytocin in men is naturally lower than women. In studies of men in monogamous relationships, it has been suggested that in males, oxytocin may contribute to faithfulness by enhancing the attractiveness of their female partner to them in comparison to other women.
Benefits in Weight Control
Oxytocin nasal spray is the synthetic version of the hormone oxytocin. This is vital for managing food intake and weight.
According to researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, oxytocin nasal spray decreased calorie and fat intake at a test meal without impacting the appetite, but they were unsure how the medication has that effect. Outcomes of their new pilot study in ten overweight and obese males suggest that one way oxytocin decreases food intake might be enhancing self-control.
This study received pilot grants from the National Institutes of Health-funded Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center and Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard and presented some exciting outcomes.
Upon receiving oxytocin, participants expressed the need for food less often. This showed that they were acting less impulsively and exercising more control over their behavior upon receiving oxytocin.
Researchers reported that the preliminary outcomes in males are promising. Oxytocin nasal spray did not show any strong side effects and is not invasive or complicated like obesity surgery.
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