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Hormonal Balance: How to Lose Weight by Understanding Your Hormones and Metabolism by Scott Isaacs Dr. Bob's Guide to Balancing Female Hormones
Hormonal Balance: How to Lose Weight by Understanding Your Hormones and Metabolism by Scott Isaacs Dr. Bob's Guide to Balancing Female Hormones

Oxytocin is a hormone secreted by the pituitary gland (an endocrine gland in the human body).

It is one of a group of hormones that control sexual development and processes.

The roles of oxytocin are slightly different in men and women.

The actions of oxytocin hormone in men include:

  • Thought to induce pair bonding in people - in both males and females
  • Playing some role in orgasms - in both males and females
  • Facilitating sperm transport in ejaculation

The actions of oxytocin hormone in women include:

  • Thought to induce pair bonding in people - in both males and females
  • Playing some role in orgasms - in both males and females
  • Causing contraction of the uterus during labour
  • Stimulating milk flow from the breasts by causing the contraction of muscle fibres in the milk ducts
  • Inducing maternal behaviour

 


See also: What is a Hormone ?

For further general information including the locations of the endocrine glands, see the Endocrine Glands of the Human Body.

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