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Oxytocin the Love Drug

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What is Oxytocin?

Oxytocin is a hormone produced mainly by the hypothalamus (an almond sized region of the brain) and is released either directly into the blood via the pituitary gland, or to other parts of the brain and spinal cord. Best known for its role in childbirth, oxytocin plays a vital role in triggering uterine contractions. Many times if contractions are not powerful enough to complete delivery the mother will be give oxytocin to help the labor process and contractions.

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Benefits

Oxytocin – A real love drug

Oxytocin can be prescribed to help treat Female Orgasmic Disorder, Female Arousal Disorder or for those women who just desire a more powerful or multiple orgasms.

Recent research has shown that oxytocin may have many other far-reaching effects particularly when it comes to relationships and emotional involvement. Oxytocin is the reason why we form all sorts of deep connections not only with our children, but with our partners, friends and even our pets and is often called the “bonding hormone”. Oxytocin also plays a huge role in the non-procreative aspects of sex.

Research has shown that for women, not only is oxytocin released during orgasm, it appears to be responsible for causing orgasms in the first place. Research indicates that oxytocin causes the nerves in the genitals to fire spontaneously, and this leads to powerful orgasms. In women, during orgasm, oxytocin levels become stratospheric. During peak sexual arousal, if a woman’s brain is flooded with oxytocin, she may indeed be capable of multiple orgasms.

Sometimes called “the cuddle hormone”, oxytocin is released in response to a variety of environmental stimuli including skin-to-skin contact and cervical stimulation experienced during sex. At normal levels oxytocin encourages a mild desire to be kissed and cuddled by your lover. Being touched (anywhere on the body) leads to a rise in oxytocin levels. This causes a cascade of reactions within the body, including the release of endorphins which results in both biological and psychological arousal.

The nerves in erogenous zones such as the earlobes, neck and genitals become sensitized by the effects ofoxytocin. It promotes a bond of intimacy, closeness and desire which increases sexual receptiveness and the desire to be touched further – being touched further causes even more oxytocin to be released and so desire and arousal is heightened even more. Given its ability to generate deep and profound emotional connections, and its ability to fuel feelings of sexual intimacy and desire culminating in powerful orgasms, oxytocin really is the nearest thing to a love drug.

Oxytocin for Postpartum Depression

A new study has shown pregnant women who have lower levels of the hormone Oxytocin, may be at greater risk to develop postpartum depression. Oxytocin has been called the “cuddle hormone” or “hormone of love” for its ability to foster feelings of bonding and also to produce more frequent , powerful orgasms in women.

Oxytocin has also been linked to parenting behaviors.The new study, performed by researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland, explores the relationship between oxytocin levels during pregnancy and postpartum depression, which effects as many as 20% of women. Gunther Meinlschmidt, PhD, was the lead researcher on this study at the University.

The study measured the oxytocin levels of 73 healthy, pregnant women, during the third trimester of pregnancy. The women were given written tests during pregnancy and again, two weeks after giving birth, to determine their risk of postpartum depression. Based on their test scores, 14 women were found to be at risk of postpartum depression. Lower oxytocin levels prior to giving birth were also associated with the 14 women.

While this study is very new, it may be a breakthrough in treating postpartum depression. Oxytocin nasal spray, such as Vitocin may help relieve some symptoms of postpartum depression.

Symptoms of Postpartum Depression

Experiencing stress or moodiness after giving birth is normal. However, if these feelings last for more than a few weeks, it’s important to seek help, as these symptoms not only effect the mother, but also the child.

Postpartum depression can include negative feelings toward the baby, lack of motivation, mood swings, appetite and weight changes and even thoughts of suicide.

Treatment Options

Olympia Pharmacy currently compounds Oxytocin in a proprietary, prescription only formulation, called Vitocin. Vitocin is currently available as a nasal/topical spray. A prescription is needed from a licensed physician for Vitocin.

Woman with VitocinDosage:

The dosage of Vitocin varies based on the indication that is being treated.

Sexual Enhancement

Vitocin should be taken as 2 – 4 sprays intranasal or topically 30 minutes prior to sexual relations.

Post Partum Depression

Vitocin should be taken as 1 spray intranasal once per day.

How to Get Oxytocin

Although a prescription is required to obtain Vitocin, following the procedures on this page will simplify the process. Vitocin is a proprietary blend of the hormone, oxytocin and must be prescribed by a physician.

  1. Click on the prescription download link and print the order form. Once the form is printed, present the form to your physician (usually your family doctor or OB-GYN). Vitocin/Oxytocin Order Form

  2. Physician faxes the completed form to Olympia Pharmacy.

  3. Olympia ships Vitocin directly to you, the patient, and will contact you to make payment arrangements. If your physician has any questions about Vitocin please have them contact Dan Powell at dan@olympiapharmacy.com or call at 407-383-7644.

VITOCIN (Oxytocin) Information for Physicians:

Vitocin is a proprietary blend of the hormone, oxytocin and must be prescribed by a physician.

  1. Click on the prescription download link and print the order form. Once the form is printed, present the form to your physician (usually your family doctor or OB-GYN).

  2. Physician faxes the completed form to Olympia Pharmacy.

  3. Olympia ships Vitocin directly to you, the patient, and will contact you to make payment arrangements. If your physician has any questions about Vitocin please have them contact Dan Powell at dan@olympiapharmacy.com or call at 407-383-7644.

USES

Sexual Enhancement:

Oxytocin has long been known as “The Cuddle Hormone” for promoting feelings of intimacy and bonding between couples and also parents and their children. As a sexual aid, Oxytocin is thought to help a woman achieve powerful orgasms more often and more easily. In sexual relations, oxytocin has a dual effect in making the user more relaxed and open mentally as well as promoting sensitivity and more powerful contractions physically.

Postpartum Depression:

Recent studies have linked postpartum depression to having low levels of the oxytocin hormone. These studies are being heralded as a breakthrough in the understanding and treatment of postpartum depression.

Warnings:

**Oxytocin should NOT be prescribed to women who are pregnant or who have been pregnant in the past 30 days.

Dosage:

The dosage of Vitocin varies based on the indication that is being treated.

Sexual Enhancement

Vitocin should be taken as 2 – 4 sprays intranasal or topically 30 minutes before sexual relations.

Post Partum Depression

Vitocin should be taken as 1 spray intranasal once per day.

To Prescribe Vitocin:

  1. Click and print the prescription form on this page.

  2. Fax the signed and completed prescription form to Olympia (407-673-1234).

  3. Olympia will ship directly to, and bill, the patient.

Olympia supports the physician with over 35 years of compounding expertise. We provide custom formulation, custom dosing and custom labeling for your practice to fit your needs. Olympia also offers business development and education services about our products.

For other inquiries, please call our physician hotline: 888-323-7788 or fill out the form below.

Oxytocin – Studies

Sexual Response Study:

To determine the psychophysiological correlates of hormonal response during sexual activity, systolic blood pressure (SBP), anal electromyography (EMG), and anal photoplethysmography (APG) were monitored continuously throughout testing in 13 women and 10 men. Each subject completed two or more tests of self-stimulation to 5 min beyond orgasm. Blood samples were obtained continuously for measurement of oxytocin (OT) levels. In both men and women, very high positive correlations were observed between the percentage change in levels from baseline through orgasm of: OT and SBP; OT and EMG intensity prior to and during orgasm; APG and EMG. The number of anal contractions and duration of orgasm were also highly correlated. Two patterns of orgasm were defined by the presence or absence of a quiescent period between orgasmic contractions. EMG and APG amplitudes correlated with the pattern of orgasm. Subjective orgasm intensity correlated significantly with increased levels of OT in multiorgasmic women only. The positive correlations between measures are consistent with a possible functional role for OT in human sexual response.
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Oxytocin in Postpartum Depression

Researchers at the University of Basel, Switzerland, measured oxytocin levels in 73 healthy pregnant women. Sixteen reported previous episodes of major depression that had ended at least two years before they joined the study.

Blood samples to measure oxytocin were taken during the third trimester of pregnancy. The women were given written screening tests to assess their risk of depression during pregnancy and again within two weeks of giving birth.

Overall, 14 women were determined to be at risk for postpartum depression based on their test scores. The risk of depression was not different between mothers who were breastfeeding and those who were not. Lower oxytocin levels before birth were associated with a greater risk of postpartum depression.
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Sources:

Skrundz, M. Neuropsychopharmacology, online, May 11, 2011
Gunther Meinlschmidt, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, University of Basel, Switzerland.
Carmichael, M.S. et al, Plasma oxytocin increases in the human sexual response.
J. Clin. Endocrinol. Metab. 1987/64 (1) / 27 – 31

Online References:

www.Medicinenet.com
www.Rxlist.com

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