Some studies show that besides it’s well-known functions in breast feeding, child birth, and sexual arousal, it:
- Increases generosity, empathy, and trust
- Reduces fear, stress, depression, and physical pain
- Lowers blood pressure
- Improves sleep
- Helps us bond with others
- It may even decrease our tolerance for addictive drugs
In our marriage relationship, it’s released through physical touch as well as sexual intimacy. Oxytocin is one reason experts recommend an active sex life for married couples. It’s good for our physical heart health and our emotional heart health.
I am fascinated by the complex, specific ways God has created our bodies for love, marriage and parenthood. Oxytocin is not an accident of evolution but a part of God’s intelligent, loving design.
As we seek to follow God’s plan and purpose for our marriages, it’s encouraging to know He’s already prepared so many details to give us proper physical and emotional attitudes toward our partner.
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us” 1 John 3
Sources: 10 Surprising Benefits of Sex; About Oxytocin; Med Terms
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