Oxytocin, a hormone released during lactation and nursing, is also released through touching and breast stimulation. Women who nurse have decreased breast cancer; perhaps due to the fact that oxytocin causes the smooth muscle in the breasts glands to contract, which cleanses the breast of any fledgling cancer cells.
A Personal Experience
The Hall Center became interested in the hormone oxytocin years ago when one of our doctors, Prudence Hall, began nursing the first of her three children, who is now 27. She had learned about oxytocin in her gyn residency and knew that it was responsible for bringing on uterine contractions, allowed for lactation and milk let-down while nursing, and enabled mother-child bonding. She loved nursing all her children and noticed the relaxing, heart-opening effects it had on her. Her neighbor, who was a lactation guru, used to say that women pay to have the privilege to nurse, because it felt so positive and uplifting.
Years after she stopped nursing, she learned more about oxytocin. It was the most abundant hormone in the female brain and was associated with increased female sexuality and orgasms. In fact, research shows that the higher oxytocin levels are in women, the more orgasms and multi-orgasms they experience. Oxytocin is also associated with increased emotions of happiness, love, kindness, and reduced anxiety, which many women experience while nursing.
Oxytocin Deficiency in Women
Oxytocin deficiency in women is about 20% at age 20, 50% in middle age, and almost 100% in elderly people. The brain just runs out of its capacity to create oxytocin, just as it runs out of its ability to create other hormones. Perhaps this hormonal imbalance is one reason elderly people become so isolated; because they no longer make the hormones that keep their social connections alive.
Oxytocin deficiency symptoms are described as similar to some forms of autism, where people feel disconnected, cut-off from others, disconnected from emotions, and experience difficulty processing social interactions.
Oxytocin deficiency states also cause increased hunger and weight gain, fibromyalgia type-pain, high blood pressure, insomnia, and absent or decreased orgasms.
Not surprisingly, low estrogen causes low oxytocin levels, which is, perhaps, why menopausal and other low estrogen women gain weight and feel irritable and depressed.
Oxytocin replacement in deficient patients using natural hormone therapy has many medical benefits, including:
- Appetite reduction
- Healthy weight loss
- Possible breast reduction
- Prevention of ovarian cancer
- Fibromyalgia pain relief
- Blood pressure reductions
- Beneficial heart effects.
Sometimes More is Better
About 10 years ago, we started prescribing 10 mg of oxytocin lozenges for female patients with low libidos, but didn’t get the response we had hoped for. Because we hadn’t heard of any side effects to oxytocin, and because huge amounts are released into the body while nursing without any side effects, we raised the dose to 50 to 100 mg. This initiated much better responses in female patients.
Patients described feeling more dreamy, more connected to their partners, and much more relaxed. They also described better orgasms and a greater desire for sexual intimacy.
At The Hall Center, we wondered if men would also benefit, so we tried the 50 to 100 mg dose on the male practitioners. While most denied feeling changes, we were astonished by how talkative, sensitive to others, and affectionate they became. Admittedly, our breast radiologist fell asleep, but the women all felt he was very connected to them before he did.
Counteracting Oxytocin Deficiency in Men
Research shows that oxytocin is very beneficial in men, improving their moods, their human connection, their sperm count, and the strength of their ejaculations, as well as their ability to ejaculate. Each year men experience a 3% increase in erectile dysfunction, as well as other oxytocin deficiency symptoms. Our therapy can help treat these problems.
Oxytocin increases testosterone and DHT in men, so they are actually more masculine with oxytocin. When men ejaculate, oxytocin increases 4-8 times in the blood, causing men to feel emotionally connected to their partners and to experience better ejaculations. In one case, Prozac decreased the ejaculation frequency of one of our male patients, and oxytocin did a remarkable job restoring his previous climaxes. Oxytocin has also be known to help prevent prostate cancer.
Recently, we have been prescribing oxytocin in a new way, using daily 5-20 mg doses dissolved under the tongue as lozenges.
Test for Oxytocin Deficiency
Patients need to be low in oxytocin to benefit from it. If you don’t have an oxytocin deficiency, you won’t experience any change when you increase your intake of it. To discover deficiency, physicians can inject 10 mg of the hormone as a test dose and if a patient’s ears turn red, they are deficient.
Blood can also be measured, but controversy exists over what a healthy oxytocin range is. Most doctors agree that it’s somewhere between 15-19.