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Oxytocin

Oxytocin is best known for its roles during childbirth and breast feeding.
Recent studies (2009) have begun to investigate oxytocin’s role in various behaviors, including orgasm, social recognition, and social bonding behaviors.
It is sometimes referred to as the “love hormone”. Oxytocin can be useful for patients with low sex drive, both improving the desire and the enjoyment of sexual intimacy.
Oxytocin increases trust and reduces fear. It seems to affect generosity by increasing empathy. Oxytocin does seem to enhance learning and memory specifically for social information. Studies have shown that oxytocin when given by an intranasal route improved memory for human faces, in pearticular happy faces.
Oxytocin treated subjects demonstrated improved recognition for positive social cues over threatening social cues and improved recognition of fear.
Recently Oxytocin has been used in patients with Autism. Patients treated with Oxytocin showed improvement in repetitive behaviors. improved interpretation of emotions. More recently, intranasal administration of oxytocin was found to increase emotion recognition in children as young as 12 who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.
Oxytocin has also been implicated in the etiology of autism, with one report suggesting autism is correlated with genomic deletion of the gene containing the oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR)..