Some couples renewing spark with oxytocin therapy
by KENS 5 staff
Posted on February 10, 2011 at 4:40 PM
We're just days away from Valentine's Day, which means love is in the air. But what if your relationship isn't what it used to be?
New research into a hormone our bodies make everyday is giving some couples a renewed spark.
Oxytocin is a hormone produced in the brain by the pituitary gland. While best known for sending pregnant women into labor, it is also what allows humans to connect with one another.
"If a couple is struggling with bonding issues, with intimacy issues, it could be as a result of inadequate levels of the hormone oxytocin," said Dr. Matt French of Wellness Solutions.
The treatment protocol uses little squares of oxytocin that dissolve under the tongue, taken once a day.
"People that may be more withdrawn and self-centered are starting to find themselves more open and more concerned with the people around them," French said.
Some people are naturally deficient in oxytocin -- for example, those abused as a child, who were never taught to bond. And the number one killer of oxytocin: Stress.
"So stress produces a hormone known as cortisol. And cortisol and oxytocin are kind of the opposites of one another."
Translation: If a person is under stress, it will likely cause problems in their marriage as well.
Frank Seekins is a marriage counselor who often refers clients to Dr. French for oxytocin therapy. He and his wife even gave the hormone a try.
"My wife is one of the patients, and she says that she feels like a normal woman again," Seekins said. "The results are wonderful!"
A one-month supply costs less than $100, but it's only available by prescription.