If it were possible to make a love drug, then oxytocin would undoubtedly be the main ingredient. Oxytocin is a hormone produced mainly by the hypothalamus (an almond sized region of the brain located close to the brain stem that links the nervous system to the endocrine system via the pituitary gland). Oxytocin is released either directly into the blood via the pituitary gland, or to other parts of the brain and spinal cord. Although probably best known for its role in childbirth and breast feeding, research has shown that oxytocin may have many far-reaching effects for both men and women in many areas of their lives, particularly when it comes to relationships and emotional involvement.
If we go back to childbirth for a moment, we can see just how powerful the effects of oxytocin can be. Oxytocin plays a vital role in triggering and regulating uterine contractions. Indeed, if contractions are not strong enough to complete a delivery, the mother will probably be given oxytocin to help her labor along.
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