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Women’s Treatment with Oxytocin Could Help Male Partners, Too

The women were assigned to use either an oxytocin nasal spray or a placebo spray within 50 minutes before intercourse. The researchers then assessed both the men’s and women’s sexuality at 3- and 5-month follow-up points. The couples also kept a joint diary.

For the women, sexual function generally improved regardless of whether they used the oxytocin spray or the placebo. The men found that their sexual function improved as well.

Because these results were seen in both the treatment and placebo groups, the researchers suggested that the couples were discussing their sex lives more openly and constructively.

“It is not just the medication that helps but rather, and more importantly, the functional social interaction within a relationship,” said Dr. Michaela Bayerle-Eder, one of the study’s authors, in a press release.


Fertility and Sterility

Muin, Dana A., M.D., M.Sc., et al.

“Men's sexual response to female partner's intranasal oxytocin administration for hypoactive sexual desire disorder: an open prospective cohort study”

(Abstract. Published online: February 8, 2017)


“Sexual satisfaction: Treating a woman with oxytocin also benefits her male partner”

(News release. May 18, 2017)

“Sex and Intimacy”

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