Firstly, Oxytocin (Oxt) is a peptide hormone and neuropeptide that manages key aspects of the female and male reproductive systems. This includes labor and delivery and lactation, as well as aspects of human behavior like social attachments and sex. Going by the name of “the love hormone,” it’s responsible for some of the positive emotions you feel during attraction and sexual desire.
How Oxytocin works:
Oxytocin is both a hormone and a neurotransmitter. Hormones travel through the blood and act on cells. Electrical signals in your brain and nerves cause chemicals called neurotransmitters to release and act on other brain and nerve cells. To clarify, Oxytocin does both.
Even more, oxytocin is a hormone correlating with maternal nurturing which Healthcare providers use synthetic (manufactured) forms — Syntocinon® and Pitocin® — to induce labor in childbirth if it hasn’t started naturally or to strengthen contractions. Healthcare providers also use synthetic oxytocin to speed up delivery of the placenta and reduce the risk of heavy bleeding.
In addition, it is an inactive precursor protein from the OXT gene. The deduced structure of the active nonapeptide is: Cys – Tyr – Ile – Gln – Asn – Cys – Pro – Leu – Gly – NH2, or CYIQNCPLG-NH2.
- influence emotions, sexual desire, trust and happiness
- induce anti-stress-like effects
- increases pain thresholds
- exerts an anxiolytic-like effect and stimulates various types of positive social interaction
- plays a crucial role in sperm motility and orgasm function in men
- stimulate uterine contractions in labor and childbirth
Molecular Formula: C43H66N12O12S2
Molecular Mass: 1 007.19 g/mol -1
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