We check your oxytocin levels and make adjustments to get you feeling better! Oxytocin is a natural hormone secreted by the brain that in the past has been mostly correlated with pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Modern research has shown that both men and women produce oxytocin and it is crucial for social confidence and sexual enjoyment.
Some individuals may have low oxytocin levels for a number of reasons such as genetic predisposition or environmental influences.
Oxytocin In Men & Women
Women, after menopause, will have greatly reduced levels of oxytocin which can cause major relationship problems. In women, oxytocin production in the brain is greatly affected by estrogen levels, which decline after menopause.
It is no surprise that many marriages end in divorce after mid-life. Women experience more loneliness and less life satisfaction after menopause. Before menopause, women’s hormone levels increase their ability to care for others and maintain relationships and after menopause the hormones that supported these relationships decline.
To learn more about the stages of life in women that are affected by hormone levels read “The Female Brain” by Louann Brizendine, MD.
In men, oxytocin is very important to help maintain empathy. Oxytocin enables men to share their emotions and be empathetic towards the emotions of others. Testosterone tends to decrease our empathetic abilities so having adequate oxytocin is very important.
In defense of testosterone therapy for men, the tendency of testosterone to decrease empathy is only with respect to negative emotions (anger, disgust, fear) and responses to non-threat emotions such as sadness, happiness, and surprise are less affected.
Interestingly, oxytocin increases male empathy while improving your stress response. For example, in a disagreement, you need to understand where your partner is coming from, relay how you feel, and do this without losing your “cool”. Oxytocin can help so much in this respect I feel. It can be subtle for some men but others are likely to notice the change.
It could be said that testosterone is what makes men, men. It gives them their characteristic deep voices, large muscles, and facial and body hair. It plays a role in sperm production, fuels libido, and contributes to normal erections. It also fosters the production of red blood cells, boosts mood, and aids cognition.