by Prudence Hall, MD of The Hall Center in Santa Monica, CA
Oxytocin, a hormone released in lactation and nursing, is also released by touching and breast stimulation. We know that women who nurse have decreased breast cancer; perhaps due to the fact that oxytocin causes the smooth muscle in the breasts glands to contract, which cleanses the breast of any fledgling cancer cells.
I became interested in the hormone oxytocin years ago when I began nursing the first of my three children, who is now 27. I had learned about oxytocin in my gyn residency and knew that it was responsible for bringing on uterine contractions, allowed for lactation and milk let-down while nursing, and enabled mother-child bonding. And I loved nursing all my children and was aware of relaxing, heart-opening effects it had on me while I nursed. My neighbor, who was a lactation guru, used to say that women pay to have the privilege to nurse, because it felt so positive and uplifting.
Years after I stopped nursing, I learned more about oxytocin. I learned that it was the most abundant hormone in the female brain and was associated with increased female sexuality and orgasms. In fact, research shows that the higher oxytocin levels are in women, the more orgasmic and multi-orgasmic they are. I also learned that oxytocin is associated with increased emotions of happiness, love, kindness and reduced anxiety, which is what I had experienced while nursing my children.
Oxytocin deficiency is about 20% at age 20, 50% in middle age, and almost 100% in elderly people. The brain just runs out of its capacity to create oxytocin, just as it runs out of its ability to create other hormones. Perhaps this hormonal imbalance is one reason elderly people become so cut off and isolated, because they no longer make the hormones that keep their social connections alive.
Oxytocin deficiency symptoms are described as having similarities with forms of autism, where people feel disconnected, cut-off from others, disconnected from emotions and experience difficulty processing social interactions.
Deficiency states also cause increased hunger and weight gain, fibromyalgia type-pain, high blood pressure, insomnia, low sperm counts, absent or decreased ejaculations or orgasms,
Not surprisingly, low estrogen causes low oxytocin levels, which is maybe why menopausal and other low estrogen women gain weight and feel irritable and depressed. Prozac decreases a male ejaculation, and oxytocin did a remarkable job restoring those ejaculations.
Oxytocin replacement in deficient patients using natural hormone therapy has many medical benefits, including: appetite reduction and healthy weight loss, possible breast reduction, prevention of prostate and ovarian cancer, fibro myalgia and pain relief, blood pressure reductions, and beneficial heart effects.
Sometimes More is Better
About 10 years ago, I started prescribing 10 mg of oxytocin lozenges for women patients with low libidos, but didn’t get the response I had hoped for. Because I hadn’t heard of any side effects to oxytocin, and because huge amounts are released into the body while nursing without any side effects, I raised the dose to 50- to 100 mg and began to get much better responses.
Patients described feeling more dreamy, more connected to their partners and much more relaxed. They also described better orgasms and a greater desire for sexual intimacy.
I wondered if men would benefit, so I tried the 50-100 mg dose on my male practitioners, and while most denied feeling changes, I was astonished by how talkative, sensitive to others and affectionate they became. Admittedly, our breast radiologist fell asleep, but the women all felt he was very connected to them before he did.
Research shows that oxytocin is very beneficial in men, improving their moods, their human connection, and the strength of their ejaculations, as well as their ability to ejaculate. Each year men experience a 3% increase in erectile dysfunction; oxytocin can help treat that problem.
Oxytocin increases testosterone and DHT in men, so they are actually more masculine with oxytocin. When men ejaculate, oxytocin increases 4-8 times in the blood, causing men to feel emotionally connected to their partners and to experience better ejaculations.
More recently, I have been prescribing oxytocin in another way, using daily 5-20mg doses dissolved under the tongue as lozenges.
Test for Oxytocin
Patients need to be low in oxytocin to benefit from it. To make the diagnosis of low oxytocin, physicians can inject 10 mg of oxytocin as a test dose and if a patient’s ears turn red, they have responded to oxytocin, meaning they were deficient.
Blood can be measured, but controversy exists over what a correct range is; it is probably somewhere between 15-19.
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About Prudence Hall, M.D.
Dr. Prudence Hall is a physician with a vision. A traditional gynecological surgeon and practitioner turned pioneer of regenerative and integrated medicine, Dr. Hall foresees a future where “average” and “normal” are no longer acceptable standards of health. Instead, she strives to help clients achieve optimal health and actively prevent disease without the use of pharmaceutical drugs when appropriate.
After obtaining a Masters degree in International Relations at the University of Toulouse, France, she attended USC School of Medicine where she obtained her MD degree. She continued her residency in gynecology at USC’s County Hospital, attending to the sickest and most needy women in Los Angeles.
She later founded The Hall Center in Santa Monica, California as a mindful medical practice focused exclusively on regenerative medicine. A firm believer in probing deeper into the root causes of conditions and diseases rather than simply treating their symptoms, Dr. Hall is dedicated to helping her clients achieve an unprecedented state of vitality at any age.
In addition to treating over 30,000 clients, she lectures and teaches, appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Suzanne Somers Show, The Dr. Phil Show, The Doctors, The Today Show and local news programs in California. Interviews with Dr. Hall have been published in a number of Suzanne Somers’ groundbreaking books and international media. Her forthcoming book RADIANT AGAIN & FOREVER – With Bio-identical Hormones and Other Secrets, will be available in November 2016.