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Oxytocin’s Effect on Sleepiness Likely Tied to Mixing with other Chemicals, Researchers Say

By Maureen Salamon

It’s well-known that sex can make people sleepy. So can melatonin, a hormone available in pill form that helps regulate sleep-wake cycles. But where does oxytocin fit into this? Scientists are still figuring that out, though oxytocin seems to combine with other chemicals and situations to bring on the zzzz’s more quickly.

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Low oxytocin levels may predict post-partum depression risk

May 13, 2011 Oxytocin In The News, Uncategorized Comments Off

By Rob Stein

Washington Post Lifestyle

Swiss scientists may have found a way to identify pregnant women who are at risk for experiencing post-partum depression after their babies are born, as well as a clue to how to prevent it.

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Oxytocin Peaks at Orgasm; Also Peaks Perception of Pleasure, Studies Say

May 5, 2011 Uncategorized Comments Off

Good sex includes (at least) three parts: the buildup, the peak and the afterglow, and oxytocin is one of the few neuropeptides that is part of all, bringing home pleasure before, during and after.

In fact, oxytocin plays a highly prominent part in sex, a role that has been researched since at least the 1980s when a benchmark study showed blood plasma levels rose in both genders during arousal and were markedly higher during climax than prior baseline levels. … Continue Reading

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

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

Oxytocin Promotes Social Attachment, Beginning with Mother and Child

April 1, 2011 Featured, Uncategorized Comments Off

By Maureen Salamon

Oxytocin’s nickname as the “cuddle hormone” is well-earned, since many studies have proven its ability to promote attachment not just between mother and child, but among groups.

One of the primary bonds among mammals, of course, is between mother and baby, and much research has focused on oxytocin’s role in this process. According to a November 2007 study in the journal Psychological Science, pregnant women with higher levels of oxytocin in their third trimester bonded more strongly with their newborns.

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