You must be pretty familiar with the phrase “love is in the air” but ever heard that love is in the hormone? There is every good reason to be nonplussed until you come to know that Oxytoxin, a hormone released in women’s body during childbirth is known as the “love hormone”. The hormone is believed to have direct linkage with different types of human emotions like love, bonding and anxiety. Next time you see the picture of Madonna with a suckling baby Jesus in divine glory, know for sure that Oxytoxin is at play, strengthening the bond of love between a newborn and a nursing mother. In fact, the Oxytoxin hormone discharged from the pituitary glands of the brain plays a host of important roles in facilitating childbirth. Besides contracting the uterus muscles during childbirth, Oxytoxin fortifies child-mother bonding, stimulates the nipples and enable mothers to lactate smoothly post childbirth. Commensurate with the Greek meaning “quick birth” the love hormones play a most vital role during childbirth by contracting the uterus and pushing the baby out.
Pre and post natal risks have reduced considerably today with a wide assortment of modern facilities and medicines available at beck and call. Syntocinon®, a synthetic version of the natural Oxytoxin hormone could now be easily administered through intravenous infusion (drip). This clear, colourless, sterile liquid also contains chlorobutanol, sodium acetate tri-hydrate, acetic acid, ethanol, and water. Syntocinon® is induces the much needed rhythmic contraction of the womb muscles at the time of delivery. It is administered in regulated amount through into the patient’s bloodstream during caesarean operation. Women facing trouble in breastfeeding are also benefitted by Syntocinon®. The medicine contracts the delicate myoepithelial cells of the mammary glands and fosters lactation. Syntocinon® is often administered post childbirth in pushing out the placenta from the body thus preventing heavy blood loss.
Albeit benefits are galore, Syntocinon® has got its fair share of side effects. The list of dos & don’ts are to be noted very carefully. Use of Syntocinon® is opposed when:
As a matter of fact, no drug is free from side effects, Syntocinon® being no exception. Common side effects include:
Some not- so-common side effects of Syntocinon® are:
This synthetic hormone could affect the mother adversely and some complaints could include:
Handing over the daily medicine consumption chart to the doctor should top the “To Do” list right at the onset of the treatment.