What Is Ocytocin?

A hormone, discovered in 1906, oxytocin stimulates the uterus and mammary glands during and after childbirth. The name is from the Greek õkytokíne : "to be born quickly".

Oxytocin is also called "the hormone of love" because the physical attraction between a loving couple increases its production. Mothers often have elevated levels when with their child/ren. Oxytocin lowers anxiety and gives a sense of security and so nourishes the attachment mechanism.

The use of oxytocin may help people with autism to experience the same sense of satisfaction and pleasure as others and begin to help them overcome their social problems.



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