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Hormone helps couples regain intimacy

PHOENIX, AZ (CNN) - A hormone best known for sending pregnant women into labor now allows humans to better connect with one another.

"If a couple is struggling with bonding and intimacy issues, it could be as a result of inadequate levels of the hormone oxytocin," said Dr. Matt French, Wellness Solutions.

Oxytocin is a hormone produced in the brain by the pituitary gland, and some people are naturally deficient in oxytocin.

French says the number one killer of oxytocin is stress.

"So stress produces a hormone known as cortisol," French said. "And cortisol and oxytocin are kind of the opposites of one another."

Small squares of oxytocin are dissolved under the tongue and taken daily.

"People that may be more withdrawn and self-centered are starting to find themselves more open and more concerned with the people around them," French said.

Frank Seekins, a marriage counselor, said his wife has tried the hormone, and he has referred oxytocin therapy to his clients.

"My wife is one of the patients, and she says that she feels like a normal woman again," Seekins said. "The results are wonderful!"

Oxytocin also has been shown to be promising for autistic children. It helps those with autism to bond and be less withdrawn.

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