A key hormone released during sex is oxytocin, also known as the ‘cuddle hormone’. … It’s also the key to bonding, as it increases levels of empathy. Women produce more of this hormone, although it’s not clear why, and this means they are more likely to let their guard down and fall in love with a man after sex. However, the problem is that the body can’t distinguish whether the person we’re with is a casual fling or marriage material — oxytocin is released either way. (Sex: Why it makes women fall in love – but just makes men want MORE! By ANNA HODGEKISS UPDATED: 22:02 GMT, 29 August 2011 Mail Online)
- Researchers in one 2012 study found that couples in the first stages of romantic attachment had significantly higher levels of oxytocin than their unattached counterparts.
- One 2013 review summarized all of oxytocin’s possible relationship-enhancing effects.
（Why Is Oxytocin Known as the ‘Love Hormone’? And 11 Other FAQs healthline.com)
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