Nasal Spray to Make Men More Sensitive
What do women want in men? The list would be pretty long. However, one common trait which all the women would like in men is – sensitivity. Men are accused of being too insensitive and total brutes. Let’s face it, women are more sensitive than men. They feel more profoundly and deeply. The question is “why?” Well, the scientists have finally found the culprit behind the behavioral indifferences between the sexes – the hormone “oxytocin”.
“Oxytocin”- The sensitivity hormone
Oxytocin is a hormone that acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain. The magic hormone stimulates the production of breast milk and establishes the mother-child bond. Recent studies also show its role in behavioral patterns like social recognition, trust, love, anxiety, maternal instinct, pair bonding and even making orgasms more orgasmic. Although both male and female have endogenous levels of oxytocin, the level of oxytocin shoots up during pregnancy (especially labor) and lactation. This makes women more empathetic and adept at reading social cues. Based on this theory, a nasal spray containing oxytocin has been developed.
An interesting research was carried out by the researchers of the NEMO (Neuromudlation of Emotion) at the Friedrich-Wilhelms-University of Bonn. The experiment was performed on 48 healthy men. 24 men took the oxytocin-containing nasal spray and the rest were given a placebo (a false pill to make one feel that it will have some effect one’s body). Later, these “experimental” men were shown “emotionally loaded” pictures of a girl hugging a cat, a crying baby and a mourning man.
The following observations were noticed during the research:
- The group which took the nasal spray showed a higher level of emotional empathy than the rest of the participants.
- These men also experienced the same sensitivity levels that are found in women.
- They became better at learning the tasks which require social cues.
- The emotion-projecting ability of oxytocin can be created.
- The “cuddle chemical” or oxytocin stimulates affectionate feelings in human beings.
The complete work is published in the Journal of Neuroscience. So, shall we say sensitivity is just a “sniff” away?
Besides making men more sensitive, the findings can benefit a great deal to treat diseases like:
- Conditions which show social withdrawals and lack of empathy
This is because the “cuddle hormone” helps people respond to the positive and negative facial feedback in a better way. This might assist people who have difficulty in following the social cues or responding to them.
Relatively safe, oxytocin might have some side-effects like:
- Decreased blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- Impaired uterine blood flow
- Overstimulated uterus
- Frequent contractions
Therefore, it should be taken under medical guidance.