What you don’t know about the hormone of pleasure and love: oxytocin

It helps the brain to feel affection for the people who make up our environment

The body generates very powerful hormones that produce well-being and are useful for the prevention and cure of ailments.

Emotions, feelings, and thoughts create impulses that orient these circuits toward well-being and health, or toward pain and illness.

Oxytocin and endorphins secreted by the brain are much more potent substances than some of the more well-known drugs.

According to the naturopathic doctor, Belén Igual, the discovery of the decisive role of oxytocin is a milestone in the history of medicine.

He has also been the subject of research on psychoneuroimmunology, which attempts to elucidate the mechanisms involved in these processes.

The hormone is directly related to pleasure and affection since it helps the brain to feel affection for the people who make up our environment, allowing us to feel towards them what we do not feel towards strangers.

What is oxytocin?

Oxytocin is an endogenous hormone, that is, it occurs naturally in your brain, specifically in the area of the hypothalamus; but it is stored and released into the bloodstream from the pituitary gland, a small gland at the brain base that produces many of the hormones that control the body’s essential processes.

What is the function of oxytocin?

The functions of this hormone are diverse, the most cited are its functions during childbirth and in the process of breastfeeding.

In childbirth, it helps the brain not to associate the entire process of pregnancy and childbirth with pain or suffering.

It is at that time that the woman experiences the highest levels of oxytocin, causing the contractions of the uterus necessary for the baby to move through the birth canal and be able to go outside.

In addition, it causes you to feel love towards the baby that has just been born.

In lactation, the woman generates oxytocin in response to the stimulation of the nipple by the sucking of the newborn when breastfeeding.

The baby, on the other hand, produces oxytocin when he is caressed by his parents, at the time of bathing or when they give him relaxing massages to sleep.

Behaves like a neurotransmitter

Oxytocin also behaves as a neurotransmitter, and as such is responsible for transmitting nerve impulses from one neuron to another; or from a neuron to a gland or a muscle cell, reviews the Hola Doctor portal.

But it does not act alone, but is accompanied by other neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, and noradrenaline; to work together in a perfect way and make us go through the stage of falling in love and reach that of love.

These other neurotransmitters appear in higher amounts during the first three to six months of falling in love; the stage in which we develop romantic love.

There we completely focus our attention only on our goal, and everything is cute and perfect.

However, like any stage, it has a beginning, a climax, and an end, when there begins to be a decrease in the concentration of them in the blood.

“Love Hormone”

Oxytocin, on the other hand, is ultimately the “Hormone of Love” because it allows to create attachment, a stage of peace, union, and security in the couple; by keeping their levels high and stable after six months of being together and subsequently leading to a lasting relationship.

During sexual intercourse, oxytocin is released, which acts on the brain systems related to positive reinforcement, that is, with pleasure, increasing complicity, affection, and trust with the partner.

Those who have quality physical and sexual contact frequently achieve higher levels of oxytocin.

In this way, the bonds in the relationship are strengthened and strengthened.

In conclusion, there are many external determinants for a couple to feel attraction, have rapprochement and even fall in love due to the group action of certain neurotransmitters.

Physiologically, the only hormone or neurotransmitter responsible for keeping a couple together and in total attachment for a long time is oxytocin.

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