Intimacy, flirtation, infatuation and excitation are important parts of the human psyche. Although many of these aspects of sexuality aren’t fully understood, there exist ways to modulate, enhance, and improve them. How can an individual go about safely improving his or her sex life though?
Research over the past century has indicated that several chemicals hold the key to sexual satisfaction and enjoyment. Scientists have looked into the neurological and hormonal responses during times of intimacy, and have come to many conclusions. At the heart of sexuality lies a specific key: oxytocin in women and men.
Oxytocin’s definition is as a neurotransmitter, and a fundamental hormone to the human body. Discovered in the early 1900s, oxytocin has been under intense scrutiny since then. Several teams of researchers, throughout multiple studies, have observed and documented the effects that oxytocin may have on sexual and interpersonal relationships.
In 1998, researchers determined that oxytocin played an important part in attraction. These researchers observed the effects of oxytocin, and another endogenous chemical known as vasopressin. Through analysing levels of oxytocin and vasopressin, this team came to several promising results and indications.
The team of researchers looked into the roles that oxytocin and vasopressin played. They observed and interfered with oxytocinergic processes within the bodies of animals and humans. More specifically, they interfered with systems within the hippocampus and the amygdala.
Oxytocin and vasopressin work throughout the body, but especially so within the amygdala and hippocampus. These centers of the brain deal with emotion and attachment, and oxytocin and vasopressin are believed to be transmitters of these neural networks and emotions. During stimulation, researchers noted higher levels of oxytocin.
The results showed promise towards the understood effects of oxytocin, and the potential for its supplementation and administration. Oxytocin appeared to elevate during sexual arousal and manual stimulation of the hippocampus and amygdala. From the findings, it would appear that the presence of oxytocin contributed to heightened states of arousal and bonding.
Other studies have been conducted on the bond building, arousing effects of oxytocin. In 2017, a study on adolescents demonstrated that intranasally supplemented oxytocin may promote higher levels of intimacy and trust. Researchers effectively set up a trust simulation, and administered some test subjects oxytocin.
Following the administration of oxytocin, subjects demonstrated higher levels of trust per the benchmarks present within the test. Those who had lower levels of overall trust and receptivity to bonding were notably affected. Those within the placebo group did not demonstrate such heightened trust.
These studies indicate that oxytocin may have the potential to increase bonding affinity within humans. Oxytocin, playing such a vital role in reproduction and intimacy, may be of use for those suffering from attachment disorders and related anxieties. Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, and several personality disorders may be aided through the use of oxytocin.