Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP
Many men already pray after they have sex. “I pray my girlfriend doesn’t find out!”, “Please don’t let her get pregnant”, or even “I hope I didn’t get The Clap!!”
But this is something different.
In this study coming out of North Carolina University, researchers tested what happens to men when they receive oxytocin, known as the “love” or “cuddle” hormone. Not to be confused with Oxycontin (an opiate), oxytocin is a naturally occurring hormone secreted by the pituitary when when we snuggle or have a bonding experience. It helps women go into labor, lactate and bond with their baby. It’s multiple effects are sometimes summarized as those that transcend us to a higher emotional level. So it seems logical that test subjects receiving this hormone may want to be closer to the Lord.
And oxytocin is released during sex. Now the men in this study were not subjected to acts of sex. They were merely given the hormone or a placebo. Those who were given oxytocin were more likely to be spiritual and being “interconnected” with other people and living things. Did they actually get on their knees and pray, I don’t believe so. But this study illuminates that rewards from sex could be more than just physical and emotional. They could be spiritual.
So the next time you want to convince your husband to go to church or temple, rather than calling his mother to guilt him into it, a little nookie, nookie might do the trick.
Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician