Scientists have created a pheromone spray that helps reconcile the disputing partners announced by the specialized health journal Medical News Today. The study which is exclusively focused on the Oxytocin was done in the Department of Psychology of the University of Oslo.
The results showed that inhalation of the spray containing oxytocin, calms women and makes them more friendly, and the men – more sensitive and positive during disputes. Oxytocin, which is known as the “hormone of hug” is produced naturally in the body and plays a role in sex, sexual attraction and trust.
Why Oxytocin is important?
It is released into the blood during pregnancy, stimulating the production of milk in the breasts, and enters the brain during breastfeeding, helping mother and baby to build connection. Researchers examined how the hormone affects the stress and autonomic nervous system during disputes between partners.
Oxytocin is a small peptide hormone which is composed of eight amino acids linked together. It is produced by the paraventricular nucleus in the hypothalamus, and hence is stored directly into the posterior pituitary gland. Its secretion leads to changes in the level of circulating throughout the body sex steroid hormones such as testosterone and estrogen, and recently research has shown that high levels of oxytocin leads to stronger orgasms.
Oxytocin is often called the “hormone of love” as it is released in significant quantities during the act of love and after sex. In such cases, the level in the blood becomes much higher than normal – in men up to 5 times, and for women – even more. Moreover, once it get into the blood the oxytocin has a calming effect, increases the threshold of pain and accelerates wound healing.
In cases of dispute, increased heart rate and blood pressure were registered. 47 couples aged between 20 and 50 years participated in the experiment of the University of Zurich. They were either married or lived together for at least one year. Couples chose a topic that sparked conflict in the relationship, then they were sprayed in the nose with spray containing oxytocin or placebo. After 45 minutes they were left alone in the room and recorded to speak on the controversial issue. And that is why there are many pheromone sprays for men and women that contain Oxytocin – to help their relationship.
The researchers observed the participants and took samples of their saliva to analyze the ingredients, showing how the nervous system works. They found out, that compared to the couples who took placebo, women that breathe spray with oxytocin were more friendly and not so picky, and men were more positive and be more likely to show understanding. A decline in the nervous system of women has been registered, while growth in mens was observed.
Some time ago, scientists found that the libido of men is improved when a spray containing oxytocin is inhaled. Scientists from California reported that married men who breathe spray twice a day, significantly improved their performance in sex. For men the oxytocin facilitates the transfer of sperm in the reproductive system and affect their overall sexual behavior.
Oxytocin is health related
It might be interesting to mention for all active athletes that the oxytocin stimulates glucose uptake into muscle cells, which in turn supports the full recovery of the body after heavy workouts. Since reducing cortisol levels in the body, this hormone can reduce stress and symptoms of fatigue, and to increase the working capacity of muscle and brain.