If you are feeling dull and sexually dissatisfied ahead of Valentine’s Day, all you need is an injection of love hormone, Kisspeptin. It can resuscitate your romantic life by enhancing brain activity linked with love and sex.
Kisspeptin is produced by the hypothalamus which isa tiny cluster of neurons located in the center of the brain. Hypothalamus controls the production of several hormones including reproductive hormones, estrogen and androgen. These hormones stimulate and control different cells and organs in the body.
Kisspeptin stimulates the release of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), two major gonadotropins that govern sexual and reproductive cycle in both men and women.
Researchers at Imperial College were curious if kisspeptin could reignite passion, sexiness and romantic approbation in men.
They injected 29 healthy males with kisspeptin. The participants were then shown sultry and sexually conspicuous images while they underwent brain imaging. The results showed that men injected with the love hormone had significantly high brain activity in regions that control sexual arousal and romance.
Scientists are keen to know if this naturally-occurring love hormone can help treat psychosexual disorders in both men and women. One example of a psychosexual disorder is infertility that affects every one in seven couples across the globe.
In the US alone, there are approximately 1.5 million women struggling with infertility.
Several factors can contribute to infertility such as infrequent or lack of ovulation, hormonal imbalance, and hypogonadism.
Infertility is mainly viewed as a biological disorder but researchers believe that it has psychological repercussions as well. Infertility is one of the major reasons of sexual distress and dysfunction in people.
Could kisspeptin be the miracle cure for infertility?
The findings of the study warrant further investigation in terms of psychosexual problems because kisspeptin has an established role in inducing ovulation and maintaining hormonal balance. It could help millions of couples struggling with intimacy and reproductive health.