There are many kinds of hormones that circulate in the human body through our bloodstream. Hormones are in a way messengers of various chemical signals to the cells, and they invoke a number of biological responses. The feeling of tiresome one feels, for example, is a hormone-generated response. The psycho-biological make-up that causes someone to burst into laughters or tears, the feeling of hunger or of sexual desire that drives us towards another human being, are all induced by various kinds of hormones. Instead of listing every hormone there is, I would like to focus one’s attention to those hormones that are involved in the sexual process and the various ways they affect it.
Testosterone: there is no way anyone has ever heard of kinds hormones, but has not heard of the word testosterone in that list. It is basically considered a male hormone, since it is associated with the development of masculine characteristics such as facial hair, bigger and stronger muscles, and of course the development of male reproductive organs. Its steroid effect on the body is what makes testosterone the key to building a muscular body, and that is why it is widely used in bodybuilding, along with other kinds of hormones of course. The most important role that testosterone plays, however, is that it acts as a sex hormone, since it induces the feeling of sexual desire. Regular testosterone levels, promote a healthy sexual drive and a healthy sexual life. Between 20 and 30 years of age men find themselves at a sexual peak, but as they grow older testosterone levels slowly but surely start to decease; this decrease in testosterone levels unfortunately translates into a decreased libido. As an old saying goes ‘the spirit may be willing, but flesh has become weak’.
As for women and testosterone, there is a common misconception. Many people think that it is one of those kinds of hormones that are exclusively produced by males, something which is false. Both men and women produce testosterone, although it is true that in men testosterone production can be 10 times greater than in women. Yet, it has the same effect on the intensity of sexual desire a woman experiences. A good advice, for both men and women, is to work out regularly and to maintain a healthy diet, factors that will help them preserve their testosterone in a normal level or even increase it.
The second of the two kinds of hormones that is involved in the chemistry of love and love-making is oxytocin. It is a powerful hormone which is released in the human body when two people become intimate. So when two lovebirds touch, kiss, hug, have crazy, passionate sex, their pituitary gland is excited and releases oxytocin. The more intimacy, the more oxytocin. The more oxytocin the more craziness, and this becomes a pleasurable vicious circle. But what does oxytocin exactly do? It actually promotes bonding; it makes those involved want to pair together and do so monogamously. Studies show that couples in love during the first months of their relationship, appear to have double the amount of oxytocin than they would normally. Research also suggests that higher levels of oxytocin is positively correlated with longer lasting and fulfilling relationships between two people. It is also surprising that couples with more oxytocin in their bodies tend to have more fun together in general; they tend to laugh more with each other’s jokes and get physical, whether that is a simple kiss or making love. All in all, oxytocin produces a vague feeling of well-being, it makes us more trusting to other people, and it makes us fall in love with our partner. That’s why oxytocin , among the various kinds of hormones, is also known as the ‘love hormone’.
So, here are some simple suggestions: eat well, work out, and most importantly find someone that you actually like, and let testostorone and oxytocin take care of the rest.