Childbirth and Breastfeeding Are Oxytocin’s Best-Understood Roles

April 27, 2011 Uncategorized Comments Off

The word oxytocin, which literally means “quick birth” in Greek, speaks of its best understood role as a facilitator of childbirth and breastfeeding.

First discovered in 1909, when Sir Henry Dale learned that an extract from the human pituitary gland caused a pregnant cat’s uterus to contract, synthetic oxytocin soon became doctors’ go-to drug to help human labor progress. … Continue Reading

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April 27, 2011 Oxytocin In The News Comments Off
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Oxytocin May Make Memories Clearer, Scientists Say

April 22, 2011 Research Articles Comments Off

The physical trauma of childbirth is often forgotten just long enough for women to decide to do it all over again, and oxytocin was originally thought to be the reason for this phenomenon.

“The first thought was that oxytocin was an amnesiac,” says C. Sue Carter, a professor of psychiatry and co-director of The Brain Body Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “The idea had traction. The basic idea there was that the oxytocin circulating in the bloodstream during childbirth reduced memories of stress and the pain.”

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Oxytocin’s Influence on Protection Instincts Different in Each Gender

April 15, 2011 Uncategorized Comments Off

The differences between the sexes seem to extend to how each uses oxytocin when feeling threatened, though the hormone enhances both men’s and women’s instincts to protect others in their social group. … Continue Reading

Should we be sniffing oxytocin?

April 10, 2011 Oxytocin In The News Comments Off
Oxytocin facilitates maternal behavior—in delivery by facilitating intrauterine contractions, and after birth by triggering milk letdown. ...

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April 9, 2011 Oxytocin In The News Comments Off
The study, which was published in the Journal of Neuroscience “Suggested that elevated levels of salt in the body lowers stress hormones and raise levels of oxytocin, a hormone involved in love and other social connections.” The study found that when ...
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Oxytocin’s Role in Sex Spans from Start to Finish

April 8, 2011 Oxytocin and Sex Comments Off

 By Maureen Salamon

Oxytocin’s ability to foster calm and secure feelings is apparently a perfect start to a satisfying roll in the hay.

The hormone’s role in sexual arousal has been the subject of research for at least the last quarter-century. A 1987 study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism used a novel set-up to measure blood plasma levels of oxytocin before, during and after sexual stimulation in both men and women.

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