Any person who's read or watched enough sci-fi or horror knows that buying love potions are a dangerous, dangerous mistake. Usually the plot goes: A man wants a certain woman's love, can't get it, buys a love potion and makes her take it, only to regret it all much later when the woman becomes so possessive of him, she's bordering on crazy.
Well, there's now a love potion IRL that's meant to turn us women on. Scientists have discovered a spray that contains syntocinon, a synthetic form of oxytocin, the hormone released in the brain when people fall in love. Oxytocin also helps mothers bond with their babies.
Researchers from the University of Bonn in Germany tried the spray on 40 twentysomething female volunteers, who were "passionately in love," and showed photos of men, including their partner. They found that once the spray was inhaled, the women were 15 percent more attracted to their partners than before.
Women on the birth control pill, however, were not more attracted to their partners after inhaling the spray. Surprised?
Syntocinon spray can be bought online, but the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in England doesn't recommend purchasing it on impulse. Apart from the fictional horror stories possibly becoming your reality, the love potion can cause heart palpitations, nausea, headaches, and even miscarriages. It might actually not be worth using if you want to be aroused by your guy—isn't it more romantic and sexy when he still woos you and surprises you after months or years of being together? For sure, you wouldn't want your partner using this on you without your consent because that's just unethical, and hello, the side effects!
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