What does the Oxytocin Hormone do?
The oxytocin hormone is a chemical produced by most mammals in greater or smaller amounts. Women typically produce it in much larger amounts, but it is also produced by men, particularly men engaged in amorous activities like kissing or intercourse. The hormone acts as a neurotransmitter, reducing the stress hormone cortisol and facilitating bonding. It may be called the “cuddle hormone” in this respect, because it tends to encourage greater cuddling between pairs since it can make the brain perceive this in a “feel good” way, while stress levels decline.