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Hormones and Love

Updated on March 15, 2017

Do you know why you feel so euphoric when you’re in love? Why you feel happiness when you’re with your love? Do you know what happens in your body and how you can influence this all?

Well I’ll try to tell you something about this. I’ll tell you something about at least six hormones that are involved with love. You probably know them, at least the names. So let’s talk about adrenaline, dopamine, fenylethylamine, endorphin and oxytocin.

Dopamine

Did you know that when you’re in love, dopamine gives you the same feeling as when you would use cocaine? Every time you see your love, you get a shot of dopamine and it’s addictive. Everyone who has been in love knows they wanted to see the one they were in love with again and again and again.

But when you’re in a relationship for a longer period, let’s say about two years; your body doesn’t produce that much dopamine anymore. The feeling of being in love slowly changed in loving him or her.

When you eat healthy, you’ll probably get enough vitamin B6 and magnesium.Those two together make your body produce dopamine. So make sure you get enough. And besides food, nice things like sex can lead to an extra production of dopamine.

Fenylethylamine

Uhhh What? Yeah, try to pronounce this word without stumbling.

Fenylethylamine is produced in your brain. It has the same effect as XTC and speed. Your heartbeat is increasing, you start to breath faster, and the palms of your hands start to sweat, your cheeks and genitals get an extra blood flow and you start to feel happier.

When you eat a lot of cheese, eat lots of chocolate and drink plenty of red wine, maybe your brain gets some extra Fenylethylamine. (Besides the fact you’ll probably get nauseous.) Most of this gets decomposed in your intestines. When you have eye contact your brain also produces Fenylethylamine. The pupils of your eyes get bigger. But only when you see something you like. On the other hand, when you get the fright of your life, your brains starts producing this hormone too.

Adrenaline

Who hasn’t heard of it? The hormone that makes people run or fight. But when you’re in love adrenaline causes the reaction that you’re on standby all the way. Your pupils get bigger, your heart rate goes up, your breathing gets faster and you’re not so hungry because your digestive system starts to work slower.

If you want to let the adrenaline flow, get really angry, get into a situation where you get really scared, get overheated or go outside in your underwear when its ten degrees below zero outside or get some real physical exertion at the gym or maybe even at home with your loved one.

But be careful when you have a bad heart because in that case too much adrenaline can get you into trouble.

Endorphin

Endorphin is the morphine that your own body produces when you feel pain. When you’re in love it has the same effects as heroine and opium which cause you to feel more happy and joyful.

Eating fat, chocolate (Mmm again chocolate) and sugars make you produce more endorphin. An orgasm or running more than just around the block or far away from your in laws has the same effect.

When your body is producing less endorphin, there is a chance that you feel depressed or have mood swings.

Vasopressin

Vasopressin works for men in the same way as ocytocine does for women. It’s said that this hormone makes people monogamous.

If you want enough of this hormone, you'd better drink no alcohol. Alcohol is a restraining factor for the production of Vasopressin. When a man ejaculates there is a large amount of this hormone made by the hypothalamus and released in the blood stream. Vasopressin is also an antidiuretic hormone. So when you have enough of this hormone, you won’t wet your pants very easy. (If you have them on)

Oxytocin

Oxytocinis also called the mother hormone or cuddle hormone because when a mom breastfeeds her baby, this hormone is produced in large quantities. When you hug or caress this hormone is produced too. It makes you feel connected, takes away fear and makes you feel confident. That’s why a lot of people need foreplay before being able to make love all the way.

Where would we be without our own drug-like hormones?

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      Richard VanIngram 8 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

      Yay, hormones! Thank you, Lazur, for this informative & interesting article -- it helps some things make more sense from a biological perspective that most of us are not so familiar with.

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      Lazur 8 years ago from Netherlands

      Normally hormones can make things very complicated, but I'm glad some hormones make more sense now :) Thank you for your comment Richard:)

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      Cindy Lawson 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Wow, that was really interesting. I think I need some more of these hormones :)

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      Lazur 8 years ago from Netherlands

      You know what to do now to get them:D

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      TheMoneyGuy 8 years ago from Pyote, TX

      I like to throw a little testosterone in the mix too. :-)

      TMG

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      Lazur 8 years ago from Netherlands

      Just a little?:D LOL

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      sheenarobins 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      hahahah. I like this razur. I didn't know we have drugs in our body. Nice shot and very educational.

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      gabloammar 7 years ago

      here i was wondering what happened to my love and me while we were talking on the phone! (both of us felt WAAAAAAAAAAAY too happy!)

      thnx for the article!^.^!

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      tArapzkie 7 years ago

      thanks for this info. now i know the solotion of not falling in love. we just need a lot of drugs. The feelings that we get will still be equevalent to being inlove. Who needs love if u'v got a lot of drugs. ryt? hahaa

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      jinky jynx 7 years ago

      i so love what i have found out from the articles of yours.love it

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      eliezer  7 years ago

      r u crazy, u must be outa ur mind. this aint love foools. this is an abomination. love men, u will know when u are actually inlove men. come do not misguide people

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      velmurugan 7 years ago

      thanks for the information.. now i found out the root cause..

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      Cecilia 7 years ago from New York

      Is it not phenylethylamine or PEA, is this a variant of Fenylethylamine?

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      Jenny 6 years ago

      Sometimes I think men need to have more Vasopressin flowin' (to be more monogamous I mean)...

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      6 years ago

      Now I know which hormone makes me feel at peace, confident and euphoric when Im with my love... no sex just lying in each others arms is magical and we have been together for 10 years .. still the same..

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      john 6 years ago

      Jenny, the article says "When a man ejaculates there is a large amount of this hormone made by the hypothalamus and released in the blood stream". I'm thinking that this means that you and all women could help men have more Vasopressin flowin'. (Sometimes I think men need to have more Vasopressin flowin' (to be more monogamous I mean)...

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      karthiii 6 years ago

      super post.....simple and nice

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      Roy Porter Jr 6 years ago

      What happens if these are overproduced? All my life I have had problems around any woman I am attracted to. It seems like these hormones make me do everything wrong, act stupid, not hear anything right, trip, knock things over and everything gets extremly bright. (Dialated pupils?) Is there any treatment for this since it has caused problems throughout my adult life and not ask a woman out for a date for years because just thinking about asking a woman out triggers ALL THIS AND MORE!

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      Lazur 6 years ago from Netherlands

      Dear Roy,

      Have you asked your doctor for any help, or maybe even a Psychiatrist? Dialated pupils, like I wrote with Fenylethylamine and Adrenaline, and more of your "symptoms" can occur with anxiety too. Maybe it's not just a question of overproducing hormones. I Hope that you'll find a sollution....

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      kaleeswari 6 years ago

      very thanks i dond know the which hormon is love hormon but this time i know the love hormon and 1 question tell me the symptoms of love

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      Black Dragon 6 years ago

      I'm wondering, If I use a perfume containing some of this hormones, will that makes women more attracted to me? If yes which hormones? xxxx

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      Lazur 6 years ago from Netherlands

      Hai Dragon,

      The hormone alike particle called pheromones, determines (according to some studies) whether a woman finds a man attractive or not. There are perfumes available that have these pheromones , but if it truly works?

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      jyoti 6 years ago

      i don't get endorphine. it says "When your body is producing less endorphin, there is a chance that you feel depressed or have mood swings." and it also says "Eating fat, chocolate and sugars make you produce more endorphin."

      i love chocolate and eat a lot of it but i still feel depressed and have a lot of mood swings over a day's time period.

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      Lazur 6 years ago from Netherlands

      There are a lot more reasons why people can feel depressed.The best thing you cab do is talk to your doctor if you are constantly feeling depressed or having moodswings.

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      M.M 6 years ago

      Is love anything more than hormones acting??

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      hiba 5 years ago

      great knowlge ,but i have question :what the effect of corticortisol hormone in love?

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      Lazur 5 years ago from Netherlands

      The cortisol hormone is a stress hormone.. It makes you feel fear , anxiety, depression or can repress your libodo for example. In love , to much cortisol isn't a good thing.. Oxytocin can counter the effects of cortisol..

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      amol shende 5 years ago

      hey, its nice to learn from this articleto get extra knowledge about love feelings to grows for ur love.

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      Ana Downs 5 years ago

      So, what is the solution to feel like you're in love when there is no one in your life?

      thanks

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      marklajera 5 years ago

      i need to control the secretion of those hormones,,, i think my endocrine system secretes them too much!!!

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      Mugulusi Rogers 5 years ago

      really without hormones i think we would have been like standing trees, really we would have been so cleric. holding no felling in our lives. we would have felt no pain about the lose of our partners and relatives. generally we we would have bee so dorsil

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      Annie 5 years ago

      I have all these hormones came together 3 times in last 20 years, but all with wrong person.. how you can voluntarily control it? Otherwise it makes your life so difficult!

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      Paul Carter 5 years ago

      Hi Thanks for the quick easy to read explanation of relevant hormones related to the love feeling. Especially interesting info about Vasopressin and monogamy. As an acupuncturist I'm dealing with adjusting hormonal levels such as endorphins with depression and dopamine with certain addictions. Keep up the good work. Paul http://acupunctureaustralia.com.au/

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      liza 5 years ago

      how can i forget my next bf?

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      andrebreynolds 5 years ago

      Great information and interesting.

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      Hany 5 years ago

      very good.....but so... how we can force this hormons to produced in our lovers body to make them love us more and more 4 ever?

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      harish 5 years ago

      awesome man.. nice article on love, with which we are living here..

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      bornlastweek 5 years ago

      my girlfriend is over 50 and is attractive, but when I am next to her making out, she looks like she is 22, and food has more flavor...not kidding.

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      mminty 5 years ago

      very informative, kind of empowers me for more fulfiling relationships.

      Interesting, and God made it all for us. How nice.

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      Stephen Travis Stoddard 5 years ago

      I think it is great article with a lot of good information.

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      Georgian 4 years ago

      soo it was awesome :) i think this all things is true...

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      shahan kottiyam(kerala) 4 years ago

      This infermation was very useful. This knowledge give more mentel strength

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      princy 4 years ago

      but what can we do inorder to get the effects of these hormones lowered?what can we include in our diet to reduce overproduction of these hormones?

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      Barno 3 years ago

      superb! all these happens to me, every thing is known for me! i can feel it! a great article...

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