Oxytocin Powerless Without Estrogen? Maybe no help here then

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Bad news, maybe, for hysterectomy sufferers.

Oxytocin has a special relationship with estrogen ... women have much higher levels of estrogen than men.

Of course no hormone acts independently. Hormones amplify or reduce each other's effects, and increase or decrease production of other hormones.

Among other things, oxytocin increases the production of both estrogen and testosterone.

Oxytocin has a special relationship with estrogen. Oxytocin is virtually powerless with out estrogen, and oxytocin's affects are increasingly powerful as estrogen levels rise.

This explains why women are far more affected by touch than men. Women have much higher levels of estrogen than men. This also explains why women respond to the same touch differently at different times of the month. When her estrogen is high (ovulation) even a slight touch can have a strong affect; when estrogen is low (menstruation) it will take more touch to get less of a response.

Of course, there is always testosterone, but from what I've read, I think these women also lack that, unless it's supplied by supplemental means.

Can anybody comment, please?

I doubt it

I have been on menoupause for about 3 years, and I became very suseptable to touch! I did lost interst in orgazms and genital sex, but my sensuality has never been this high... may be it is compensatory, because I was very 'horny" before menopause and cared more about orgazms then cuddling, and now cuddling/massage/dancing is all I want...And what about older couples who have a lot of phisical contact with very little sex? Older women are usually very attached to their partners...


I agree with Magnolia. My wife has been post-menopausal for over ten years and she has all the symptoms of high levels of oxytocin. Like Magnolia, she *loves* physical contact and thrives on, indeed needs cuddling, caressing, kissing ...

That link

Your link takes me to a Christian forum called "The Marriage Bed"--I don't see anything about the study you've posted?



Oxytocin receptors are strongly affected by estrogen, not the production of oxytocin. I'm no expert in this area, but its true that the higher the estrogen the higher the level of oxytocin receptors on cells. This may or may not be true for all parts of the brain, or the reproductive organs.

Both men and women receive the effects of oxytocin - no matter the age, but it has been proposed that pre-monopausal wommen get a bigger bang for thier buck. However, there may be other hormonal factors- yet to be discovered- that compensate for the lowering of estrogen levels after menopause.

I've seen nothing, ever, about oxytocin regulating testosterone or estrogen levels in the blood.