The Joy of Oxytocin
It’s no secret that romantic connections can be just as influential on your health as balanced eating, exercise and plenty of sleep. Cuddling and other sexual behaviors between people actually trigger the release of stress-reducing hormones, flooding the brain with “feel good” substances, like endorphins, dopamine and the amazing oxytocin. When this hormone’s flowing freely, it puts us in a peaceful, happy state of mind; it helps us feel emotionally connected to whoever is the source of that special touch.
So Just What is Oxytocin?
Oxytocin is a naturally occurring neurochemical that acts like a hormone in our bodies, meaning it crosses the blood-brain barrier and circulates in the blood steam as well as in the brain, to regulate the arousal level of our nervous system. Classic examples of connections that release this chemical are breastfeeding and orgasm, both of which can generate a blissful, other-worldly sense of contentment.
Our brain makes it in the hypothalamus and stores it to be released from the pituitary gland. Oxytocin controls the following reflexes: uterine contraction during labor, the letdown reflex during breastfeeding and sexual arousal in men and women. It helps promote feelings of love, bonding, empathy, trust and maternal behavior.
Men’s levels of oxytocin are said to rise 3-5 times during orgasm, and the women’s levels rise even more dramatically plus continue to rise during subsequent orgasms. Women’s brains also have more oxytocin neural receptors, and pregnancy may increase the number of receptors.
Any warm, loving, touch can cause its release – hugs, snuggles, holding hands, partner dancing, massage and body work. Neuroscience has confirmed, because of how our brains process information, even thinking about someone who loves us or someone we deeply care for is enough to activate the release of oxytocin in the brain.
Besides a healthy sex life, the benefits of releasing oxytocin in our body-brains are many. Oxytocin directly and immediately reverses our body’s response to stress by being a potent catalyst of psycho-physiological change in our body-brain. It can heal relational distress because it is the neurochemical basis for the felt sense of safety and trust that instantly antidotes the stress response of fight-flight-freeze.
As the hormone of love, bonding and attachment, Oxytocin can help activate the neuroplasticity we need to heal the wounds of previous relationships. When we can experience in our bodies now a sense of safety and trust that allows us to take in a sense of connection and belonging now, we can begin to heal the hole in the heart from lack or loss of a past connection.
Oxytocin and Female Sexuality Cream
Low Oxytocin is one of the main causes of female sexual dysfunction. Oxytocin is a powerful vasodilator and plays a role in delivering blood to the vagina and sexual organs and creates a warm sensation in the body. It acts directly on the part of the brain where orgasm is believed to be experienced and has been shown to circulate in significantly higher amounts in multi-orgasmic women. While there is yet no reliable blood test for oxytocin, there are many symptoms that point to an insufficiency – persistently cold hands and feet, anxiety, lack of orgasms or very short, rare orgasms in the setting of adequate arousal, low libido, vaginal dryness, and inability to bond with or relate to your significant other.
Oxytocin vaginal cream can be the answer for many women. Oxytocin causes genital nerves to fire spontaneously, which leads to orgasm and a heightened sexual experience overall.