Oxytocin: the Love Hormone
A little bit about the love hormone…
Sometime during 2008 I heard a phenomenal presentation on oxytocin. It was basically the icing on the cake in helping me to understand the difference between men and women.
Oxytocin is the biological basis for human bonding. This particular hormone is released in a woman when her partner brings home flowers and showers her with love and affection. This hormone mediates emotional experiences. Oxytocin is released when we feel adored, comfortable, and safe.
The pituitary glad, specifically the posterior, releases oxytocin, a neurotransmitter that acts in the brain. Oxytocin plays an essential role in labor and delivery and eventually the postpartum period in women. Naturally in the body, Oxytocin stimulates uterine contractions to aid in labor and delivery. After birth, oxytocin naturally fuels maternal bonding and milk ejection during lactation.
In an evolutionary viewpoint, it makes complete sense that women’s bodies during pregnancy and postpartum are stimulated for labor and delivery, milking, and bonding.