What is oxytocin?
Oxytocin is a hormone produced by the hypothalamus and has various physical and psychological effects on the human body. Oxytocin is popularly called the hormone of love.
We will understand what is oxytocin and how it affects the body.
Oxytocin is a female hormone
With proper development oxytocin creates a feelingrest and intimacy, it is a hormone of tenderness and affection. In addition, oxytocin plays an important role in childbirth and feeding. That's why, despite the fact that oxytocin is produced by both male and female organisms, it is often called a female hormone.
The effect of oxytocin on the body is not completelystudied, but even at the moment known effects, discovered as a result of research on this hormone, do not give rise to doubt its significance. Here are just a few of them:
- stimulation of the production of endorphin - a hormone of happiness;
- decrease in the production of cortisol - a stress hormone;
- stimulation of uterine contractions;
- facilitating the process of delivery and breastfeeding;
- improving the quality of sleep;
- increasing communication skills in society;
- reduction of craving for drugs;
- consolidation of emotional memories;
- increased sexual arousal;
- increasing the degree of emotional attachment;
- muscle renewal;
- treatment of autism.
What stimulates the production of oxytocin?
So, oxytocin stimulates hormone productionhappiness and reduces the production of the stress hormone, which explains the greater number of other positive effects on the human body. However, all these effects are relevant only if oxytocin is produced by the body in sufficient quantities.
How to stimulate the production of oxytocin? Scientists have proved that a large release of oxytocin into the blood is observed when a person is hugged, kissed, and gently touched him. Of course, sex is also a great way to produce oxytocin. I must say that any positive action - communication, caring for someone, laughing, buying small gifts for themselves and loved ones - all this stimulates the production of oxytocin. In general, the development of this hormone occurs in normal quantities, when the person is calm, satisfied and in a good mood.
Oxytocin during childbirth
In pharmacies today you can find a drug forThe name Oksitotsin, he is appointed to stimulate labor by medical indicators, during the cesarean section, with atony (loss of the tone of the uterus) and atonic bleeding. The drug oxytocin stimulates the smooth muscles of the uterus, increases contractile activity and tone, and also has a positive effect on lactation.
The drug is administered intramuscularly, and if this measure does not give an effect - intravenously. Of course, the use of this drug should be done only by a doctor with the proper qualifications.