Some people believe that men are naturally inclined to cheat, so what keeps them faithful to their partners? It all boils down to one hormone: oxcytocin.
Oxytocin is the hormone released during sex and other intimate gestures like hugging, kissing, and holding hands. Researchers have found that oxytocin is responsible for boosting men’s attraction to their mate, even while looking at pictures of other women.
In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 20 men who were in committed relationships for 28 months, on average, were asked to take whiffs of either oxytocin nasal spray or an inactive placebo spray. They were shown two photos: one of their partner and another equally attractive woman. Men consistently rated their partners as being more attractive and arousing. Those who took a whiff of oxytocin showed more conviction in their choices compared to those who sniffed the placebo.
Moreover, Oxytocin also triggers two areas in the brain responsible for feelings of reward or pleasure. When the men were presented with photos of their partners, these areas lit up, boosting their attraction. Seeing other women’s pictures had the opposite effect, suppressing their feelings of pleasure.
Our love lesson here? Oxytocin keeps your bond strong. And if you get the hormone from making out, by all means, MOMOL away!