Get weekly updates via email!
tip of the day TUE 25 NOV 14
Want to improve your family's health? Go organic! Consuming locally grown and preservative-free foods will go a long way to keeping you and your children healthy.
  • Good House Keeping
    The New Mrs. Pitt, Angelina Jolie, is on the cover of the November issue of Good Housekeeping!
    Good Housekeeping
Jennifer Chan, Staff Writer
 
February 26, 2012

Couples with High Levels of Oxytocin May Stay Together Longer

Could chemicals be responsible for how well your relationship with your man progresses? By Jennifer Chan

What keeps a relationship alive? Is it love, patience, or understanding? According to a new study published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, among other factors, it could also be oxytocin, otherwise known as the "cuddle chemical." 

Researchers came to this conclusion after recruiting 163 adults in their 20s for their experiment. Out of the group, 120 were in new relationships. After measuring their oxytocin levels, the study authors found that new couples had higher levels of oxytocin. For them, love is apparently still in the air, and according to the study results, these couples were also more likely to stay together.

While high levels of oxytocin make for better synchronization between couples, they may be responsible for increased obsession and anxiety as well. For new parents, high levels of oxytocin could make them worry more about their kids. For couples, researchers believe that "the preoccupations with the romantic partner and the relationship are just as essential for the formation of the selective and enduring romantic bond." This means your oxytocin levels may help determine how enduring your relationship with your man can be. 

Still, researchers have no concrete idea as to whether couples with high levels of oxytocin do end up sticking together or if their affection for each other keeps the oxytocin levels high. Whether or not oxytocin is primarily responsible for couples staying in love doesn't matter, however; you should still make the effort to keep a relationship full of love, no matter how many months or years you are into your romance.


For more on oxytocin, check out this study:


For advice on keeping your romance fresh, try these:


(Photo by jk+too via Flickr Creative Commons)

Join us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
COMMENTS
Name :
Email :
Website :
Comment :
Security Image
 
 
NOTE: FemaleNetwork.com is a CLEAN ZONE. Editors reserve the right to delete obscene comments.
Filter comments by:
  • Be the first one to comment...
Filter comments by:
 
 
ADVERTISEMENT
follow us
Jennifer Chan
Staff Writer
Jennifer Chan was a contributing writer for Female Network for two years before formally joining the team as a staff writer in July 2012... Read more...
Latest Articles by This Author
LATEST Articles
MOST READ Articles
5 Fun Dates That Don’t Involve the Movies
Shake up your love life by going on these dates.   Nov 20, 2014 
7 Things to Do Before You Become a Mom
Make the most out of the time you and your man have on your own.   Nov 18, 2014 
5 Relationship Questions You've Always Wanted to Ask
Get honest answers about the state of your union.  Nov 13, 2014 
5 Ways to Settle an Argument Before Bed
Don't let the sun go down without at least trying to work on your relationship.   Nov 11, 2014 
7 Ways to Attract the Right Guy
Snag the right man--and lay the foundation for a great relationship!  Nov 03, 2014 
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT