Oxytocin is a hormone produced by close tactile contact in intimate relationships, and thus is being referred to as "the cuddle drug." It's a 'feel-good' drug that creates a sense of satisfaction and well-being. Oxytocin surges most prominently in women during childbirth, and is responsible for the bonding that occurs between mother and infant. It increases during sexual activity, but even hugging, holding, and massage can stimulate it's production. Imagine what 5 minutes of holding might do for your relationship!
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