Researchers have discovered a spray that is a real-life “love potion.” The spray, when sprayed on a woman, makes the man in front of her look 15 percent more attractive thanks to the spray’s inclusion of a synthetic version of the love hormone, oxytocin. The hormone is naturally released when a woman falls in love or gives birth to a baby; therefore, it should come as no surprise that when the hormone is released, the man standing in front of the woman appears even more attractive than normal.
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The Daily Mail reports that researchers have always known that oxytocin is released when a woman falls in love with a man, or when she gives birth to a child. The release of this hormone encourages her to bond with the man or baby and is called the “love hormone.” However, researchers claim that there was little research into the realm of how the hormone affects the way women see men.
The latest research suggests that oxytocin plays a key role in how attractive a partner looks and that the love hormone makes men appear more attractive than when oxytocin levels are low. The research found that women who inhaled a spray containing artificial oxytocin found their partners to be 15 percent more attractive than when they weren’t inhaling the spray.
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The University of Bonn in Germany performed the study and says they chose 40 women in their 20s who claimed to be “passionately in love.” They then split the group of women into two groups. Both groups of women were shown pictures of various men, including their partner, and asked to rank their level of attractiveness. However, prior to rating the photos, the women were either given a placebo to inhale or the “love potion” nasal spray which included the synthetic oxytocin.
The process was then repeated and the woman who had been given the placebo in the first round where given the love potion and vice versa. The results indicated that women ranked their partner 15 percent more attractive when they had used the love spray. However, there is one catch. Women who were on birth control pills showed no change when inhaling the spray laced with synthetic oxytocin. Women on the birth control pill seemed unaffected.
“When couples argued, oxytocin supplied in a nasal spray improved positive communication” (Ditzen et al., 2009) Hahaha, science.
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Researchers at the University of Sydney say there is another promising use of a synthetic oxytocin spray that doesn’t involve making your partner more physically attractive to your eye. The university found that oxytocin nasal spray can significantly improve social skills in children suffering from autism. In the study, researchers found that the children who received oxytocin showed greater improvement in social behaviors compared to those who received the inactive nasal spray. Now a full scale study is underway after the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded $12.6 million to fund a national clinical trial on whether the spray could help children with autism.
The spray, called Syntocinon, can be purchased from a variety of online retailers. However doctors warn that a doctor should be consulted before using the product. Some of the side effects outlined were nausea, headaches, changes in heart rhythm, and even miscarriages. Therefore, women should use Syntocinon spray only while under doctor supervision and with a prescription.
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