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.
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The human body releases powerful hormones in the brains of men and women during sexual activity, including the neurohormones oxytocin and vasopressin. Women are more sensitive to the effect of oxytocin, a hormone that is also found to be a bonding hormone released during childbirth and nursing. After a break-up or after switching partners, that same duct tape is ripped off along with some particles of skin and hair, reducing its stickiness and the ability to bond again to a new partner. Similarly, there is research that suggests that when stress hormones are released, as can happen after a break-up, then the ability of oxytocin to create bonding of the partners is reduced as the oxytocin levels actually drop. Research also shows that oxytocin levels will increase to normal if sexual activity is stopped and time is given for emotional and physical healing. Now imagine that the duct tape was never removed.
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Endorphins have a reputation for pain reduction, enhancing excitement or satisfaction, boosting confidence, enabling control of emotions and generating feelings of euphoria, and are involved in the natural reward cycle. There is also evidence in the literature suggesting the role of endorphins in sexuality including sexual function and sexual behaviours , as they may regulate the release of sex hormones, prolactin and growth hormone, which are involved in sexual function and love. Endogenous oxytocin is another intrinsic hormone whose role in inducing labour contractions, the delivery of the baby and stimulating lactation has been well studied.
These devices can measure the blood flow and neuron activity in the brain. By studying the brain activity of people having orgasms in these machines, scientists have learned some pretty amazing stuff. There's a reason why people tend to feel bolder and less inhibited during sex — the part of your brain in charge of your logical reasoning skills temporarily goes on vacation. This is the part of the brain that is responsible for reason, decision making, and value judgments.