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Indian J Endocrinol Metab. 2011 Sep;15 Suppl 3:S156-61. doi: 10.4103/2230-8210.84851.

The orgasmic history of oxytocin: Love, lust, and labor.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Air Force Hospital, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Abstract

Oxytocin has been best known for its roles in female reproduction. It is released in large amounts during labor, and after stimulation of the nipples. It is a facilitator for childbirth and breastfeeding. However, recent studies have begun to investigate oxytocin's role in various behaviors, including orgasm, social recognition, bonding, and maternal behaviors. This small nine amino acid peptide is now believed to be involved in a wide variety of physiological and pathological functions such as sexual activity, penile erection, ejaculation, pregnancy, uterine contraction, milk ejection, maternal behavior, social bonding, stress and probably many more, which makes oxytocin and its receptor potential candidates as targets for drug therapy. From an innocuous agent as an aid in labor and delivery, oxytocin has come a long way in being touted as the latest party drug. The hormone of labor during the course of the last 100 years has had multiple orgasms to be the hormone of love. Many more shall be seen in the times to come!

KEYWORDS:

Endocrinology; history; labor; love; obstetrics; oxytocin; pitocin

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