How Much Do You Know About Oxytocin? What’s the Function of Oxytocin?

Oxytocin simple in Oxt, it is a peptide hormone and neuropeptide. Oxytocin normally produced in the hypothalamus and released by the posterior pituitary. Oxytocin plays a role in social bonding, sexual reproduction, childbirth, and the period after childbirth. 

Oxytocin is afraid of light and noise, oxytocin produces regularly in the quiet and dim environment. So the delivery room must be dark and quiet. In addition, oxytocin has a negative feedback mechanism like other hormones, the exogenous oxytocin into the body will certainly inhibit the endogenous secretion of oxytocin and its amount. 
Oxytocin is produced by the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus in small amounts from the supraoptic nucleus, number 9 peptide hormone secreted and stored in the posterior pituitary gland. Oxytocin is different from the amino acids at the 3rd and 8th sites of ADH. The physiological effects of oxytocin are to promote contraction of uterine and mammary myoepithelial cells and smooth muscle of seminal convoluted tubules. Moreover, oxytocin promotes luteal degeneration, has sodium effect, and promotes sperm transport from the vagina to the fallopian tube. Oxytocin is sometimes referred to as the “love hormone” and known as the “cuddle hormone”. 


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