Oxytocin is a hormone that plays an important role in reproduction, specifically in childbirth, as well as in human interactions. It is produced in a region of the brain called hypothalamus, and is secreted by the pituitary gland in response to sensory nerves. This response can happen during labor and breastfeeding, or during sex, general positive interactions between humans, and food intake.
- Hormone Health Network (Endocrine Society). What is Oxytocin? https://www.hormone.org/your-health-and-hormones/glands-and-hormones-a-to-z/hormones/oxytocin (accessed 6. August 2020)
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