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Mostly, when people come up against problems in life, they most often associate it with not getting enough of what they need and what they want. Things like acceptance, appreciation, partnership and social standing are all things that we all grope at one way or another, and when we have these things going on well, it is easy to see why we want them, because our anxiety levels fall, and our happiness increases.

All of these social tendencies that we share as humans have their roots ultimately in the production of hormones in the brain, which all relate to one of the first neurological process we evolved to have; the reward system. When we do something right, we get rewarded, and we experience this reward with the brain releasing feel good hormones to signify that something has been done right. The brain rewards you, and is letting you know that if you want to keep on feeling good, you better keep on doing it right.

Oxytocin
Oxytocin has a very important part to play in all of this. Known as the ‘cuddle hormone’ it is closely associated with social interaction and close and intimate relationships in humans. When couples are together, oxytocin release promotes feelings of stability and well being, and similar things happen when an adult is happy with their social life. Oxytocin is also crucial for childbirth and lactation, and oxytocin deficiency has been linked by a leading family physician to problems related to our social side; anxiety, loss of sleep, loss of libido and low sexual performance, and depression (1).

So what is happening when people have problems with these aspects of their lives, with associated problems such anxiety and depression? The problem is either that they are not getting enough of what they need, so that their oxytocin levels are too low to promote well being, or that their life is just too demanding and stressful for the oxytocin to take effect. In the age of hyper-connectivity, having everything at the touch of a button, and information overload there is no wonder that cases of depression are increasing. The MMWR report on depression in the US shows that treatment for depression is increasing, and is showing no signs of stopping.

So, the solution that many people are abiding by is the use of oxytocin to help alleviate stress and depression so that they can get on their lives, not worry so much, and rid the potential for further problems associated with anxiety and stress. However, not all cases of anxiety and stress are so simply related to the social surroundings of an individual, but to the internal workings of the body itself.

PMS in women
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a collection of physical and emotional problems which affect many women during a woman’s menstrual cycle. Affects of PMS in women vary widely, and while only a small percent of women have symptoms that are significant enough to affect day-to-day life, the effects can be very severe, with high need for a medical solution.

Symptoms of PMS
There are many reported symptoms of PMS, though the major symptoms include general unhappiness, tension and irritableness. Many specific and larger-scope symptoms related to these include, anxiety, emotional instability, swings in libido, insomnia and headaches.

Potential Solutions
The symptoms of PMS are very similar to the symptoms patients describe when they are suffering from depression, and because of this, oxytocin is quickly becoming regarded as a promising candidate in the therapeutic treatment of PMS, as it often relieves the sufferer of the related problems. It is openly available through medicinal purchase over the counter and online on prescription or not, and it is under healthy debate on many websites and health forums, with many people testifying the benefits they achieved through oxytocin use.

Oxytocin Factor is a popular choice for people looking for a simple and effective way to boost oxytocin levels in the body. It has a proven efficacy in treating many of the symptoms such as stress and anxiety that are common in women with PMS, with absolutely minimal side effects if any. In many women, PMS varies from month to month, and a flexible supplement such as Oxytocin Factor allows it to be taken when it is needed. Before making any decisions, you should discuss oxytocin with your physician, to ensure that this is the best course of action for you, and that you are able to take the supplement.

(1) - http://oxytocincentral.com/2012/02/dr-tammy-tucker-discusses-oxytocin/

For more information contact Bryan Post, Managing Editor of Oxytocin Central info@oxytocincentral.com or call (405) 476-1983

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