Functions of the Oxytocin Hormone

oxyOxytocin hormone originates from the peraventricular nucleus in the hypothalamus and it is secreted by the pituitary gland into the blood stream. There are several roles that the oxytocin hormone plays in the human body both for the female and male sees alike. The following are the various roles the Oxytocin hormone plays in the human body.

  • Oxytocin hormone aids in social behaviours such as arousal, trust, anxiety, social bonding and recognition.
  • Oxytocin hormone serves a function in sexual reproduction for both the male and female sex
  • Oxytocin hormone helps in the stretching of the uterus and cervix during childbirth
  • Oxytocin hormone helps on inducing contraction during childbirth
  • Oxytocin hormone helps in milk production in the breast of mothers
  • Oxytocin hormone helps in the production of testosterone in men
  • Oxytocin hormone aids in the movement of spermatozoa in males
  • Oxytocin hormone aids in the mother to infant bonding

Several research have been undertaken to uncover other beneficial functions of the Oxytocin  hormone to the body.