Do hormones impact your relationship?
Maybe your relationship is heading south, and you don’t know why. If you are married, perhaps certain issues have pushed you to contemplate a divorce. You don’t know what is happening in your relationship or marriage. Something has suddenly changed, and you don’t feel loved. Your partner, on the other hand, doesn’t feel appreciated either. When you are together, you don’t speak to one another as usual. If you ever reach this point, there is a possibility that the level of Oxytocin commonly referred to as the “love hormone” is lower or the level of his testosterone is also low. These two hormones tend to play a crucial role in a relationship. Read on to understand how these hormones determine the stability of your relationship.
Oxytocin is usually secreted by the posterior lobe of the pituitary gland. The hormone tends to be released whenever two people snuggle up or bond romantically. According to a 2009 study published in the Journal of Hormones and Behavior, Oxytocin can even be secreted when you play with your favorite pet. The hormone can intensify memories about relationships that didn’t work out or make people less accepting of other people they deem as outsiders. Depending on the environment, Oxytocin can make you feel cuddly or more suspicious of others.
Oxytocin in Women
Larry Young, a neuroscientist at Emory University in Atlanta, noted that Oxytocin also plays a crucial role in the birth process and child nursing. The hormone causes uterine contractions during labor and after that helps in shrinking of the uterus. Oxytocin is also responsible for mother-child bonding. On the other hand, a study conducted at the University of Oxford indicated that giving a couple oxytocin enhanced their romantic relations and marital well-being. The hormone can be released naturally through cuddling, kissing and sexual intercourse. Problems start to arise when the level of oxytocin start to decrease. Couples are advised to keep the level elevated through frequent communication, kissing and cuddling. Date nights and game nights can also help in raising the levels of the “love hormone.” A woman can also engage in social activities, exercising and volunteering to maintain adequate levels of this hormone. Find out more about how oxytocin promotes human to human bonding.
Testosterone in men
The involvement of a man in a relationship hugely depends on a hormone referred to as testosterone. Low-level of testosterone hormone in men can lead to a diminished desire for sexual activities. Two scenarios can result in the decrease of testosterone in men; when they are entering a relationship and when they are aging. When a man stays in a single relationship for a longer period, the effects of low testosterone start to manifest. Some of the signs that indicate low levels of testosterone in men include low sex drive, depression irritability, and fatigue.
A man can increase his level of testosterone through more “wins.” Watching his favorite football team thrash opponents, doing well at work or hanging out with his fellow men can contribute to an increase in the level of testosterone. At home, the one prominent booster of the hormone is when he feels appreciated. Whenever he gets a win such as hearing a big “thank you” from his partner or statements such as “you are the greatest,” it can make him feel a superman inside which increases the amount of testosterone released by his body.
Therefore, the key to a happy, healthy and romantic relationship may lie in keeping the woman’s oxytocin and the man’s testosterone level in the most “appropriate zone.”