Today, world renowned relationship expert and counselor, Dr. Elena Eustache tells us how to make the connection in our relationship stronger.
Research has shown that the powerful hormone called oxytocin is released and increases when we hug, touch, kiss, think about or even gaze at a loved one. Oxytocin, along with dopamine and norepinephrine, are believed to be highly critical in human pair-bonding. Oxytocin also acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain and plays a huge role in pair bonding. Commonly referred to as the love hormone, oxytocin has also been dubbed the hug hormone, cuddle chemical, moral molecule, and the bliss hormone due to its effects on behavior, including its role in love and in female reproductive biological functions in reproduction. (
Also, according to Medical News Today, Oxytocin is released during sex. In both males and females, sexual activity stimulates the release of oxytocin, which has a role in erection and orgasm. The reason for this is not fully understood, although in women, it has been proposed that the increased uterine motility may help sperm to reach their destination. Some researchers believe oxytocin may play a part in the experience of sexual orgasm, proposing a correlation between the concentration of oxytocin and the intensity of orgasm.
Oxytocin is not just limited toward the human species; it also helps to hug and play with your pets. And for those who cannot produce enough oxytocin on their own, or who feel they could use a boost, the molecule can be easily administered as a drug.
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—Written by Valerie Roop
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