Friday, January 30, 2009

Woman who have multiple sexual partners damage their ability to bond with a future partner due to low oxytocin levels.

Multiple Sexual Partners, Oxytocin

A girl's heart, like her body, is not designed to handle multiple sexual partners. The rate of suicide attempts for sexually active girls aged twelve to sixteen is six times higher than the rate for virgins.

New scientific studies suggest that if a woman has multiple sexual partners, this will lower her levels of oxytocin which in turn will damage her ability to bond. Oxytocin is a neuro-peptide most commonly associated with pregnancy and breast-feeding. It seems to act as a human "superglue," helping a mother bond with her infant. It is also released during sexual arousal and there, too, seems to work as a "superglue."

Since estrogen enhances the oxytocin response, females are capable of more intense bonding than males, and are more susceptible to the suffering that accompanies broken bonds. Sharing the gift of sex is like putting a piece of tape on another person's arm. The first bond is strong, and it hurts to remove it. Shift the tape to another person's arm and the bond will still work, but it will be easier to remove. Each time this is done, part of each person remains with the tape. Soon it is easy to remove because the residue from the various arms interferes with the tape's ability to stick.

Read more at Life Matters

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PersonalFailure said...

from hugthemonkey:

Dana Wilkie of Copley News Service tracked down Rebecca Turner, a psychology professor at San Francisco's Alliant International University whose paper found its way into a treatise Keroack wrote for the Abstinence Clearinghouse.

According to Wilkie, Turner found that:

When women were asked to recall memories about close relationships, whether familial or romantic, those with a tendency to be anxious about such relationships had lower oxytocin increases than those who were married, living together or dating. Hardly surprising. If oxytocin is emotional superglue, it's not shocking that women who are anxious about their relationships have low levels of oxytocin. However, Turner's research did NOT delve into why those women had low levels of oxytocin. Perhaps low levels of oxytocin cause anxiety in relationships, which destroys relationships, which forces a woman into many relationships. We don't know.

Turner was shocked and dismayed to find that her research was being misrepresented, she told Wilkie.

But here's the kicker: No matter what the level of oxytocin in women who were anxious about close relationships, Turner's paper found that oxytocin activity was “completely unrelated” to the number of previous sexual partners.

Understanding that finding doesn't require a course in logic; a simple ability to read will do. Still, Keroack somehow made the leap that sex with multiple partners inhibits the brain's ability to respond to oxytocin, and therefore the ability to bond.

During a follow-up study three years later, Turner found no links between oxytocin levels and emotional conditions, but that was after Keroack's paper came out.

Secular Heretic said...

Thanks for the tip PersonalFailure. I clicked on your link but it didn't take me to your quote.
I found something similar at Newswise

I had a good look around Hug The Monkey and found this interesting comment.

...Date three men at the same time without having sex with any of them. By not seeing any one man too often, you find the men who are really into you and who will stay the course. Plus, you break out of your prison of Deadly Dating Patterns and maneuver more skillfully in the dating world. This great advice can keep a woman from getting caught in the oxytocin trap. Sex, kissing, even close physical proximity can cause a woman's brain to release oxytocin, making her feel bonded to someone she doesn't even know well enough.

Women who enter into a physical relationship too soon run the risk of becoming attached to a "loser". This is possibly one or the reasons why some wives get bashed by their husbands. If they had waited before entering into a physical relationship they might have realised that their partner was unsuitable.

Anonymous said...

Is this article saying that women should have one partner but not many? Women are biologically programmed to cheat and have more partners than men without any attachment. It's like pressuring women into commitment to one man while she can have many men.

Anonymous said...

" The rate of suicide attempts for sexually active girls aged twelve to sixteen is six times higher than the rate for virgins."

Correlation does not mean causation.