Oxytocin

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4000,00 rsd

Obrtno Vreme

10 days

Uzorkovanje

Drawing blood

Kategorija

Immunohemistry

Oxytocin, a hormone often associated with social bonds, love, and trust, is much more than that. Its important role in the human body and complex effects make it a significant subject for study. IntroLab laboratory provides precise and efficient analyses of oxytocin, allowing you to learn more about your hormonal balance.

What is oxytocin?

Oxytocin is a peptide hormone and neurotransmitter primarily produced in the hypothalamus, a part of the brain. It is often called the “love hormone” due to its key role in social bonding, sexuality, motherhood, and friendship. However, oxytocin also plays a critical role in many other biological functions.

How does oxytocin work?

Oxytocin operates by binding to specific receptors in the body, influencing various functions. In females, this hormone plays a vital role in pregnancy and breastfeeding by stimulating uterine muscle contractions during childbirth and causing milk release during nursing. In males, oxytocin can affect sperm movement and testosterone production. Additionally, oxytocin plays a key role in social behavior, including bonding, trust, and empathy.

Why is measuring oxytocin important?

Analyzing oxytocin can help diagnose a range of conditions, including fertility issues, sexual dysfunctions, and certain psychiatric disorders. Its role in mental health is particularly interesting; low levels of oxytocin are linked with conditions such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Autism spectrum disorders

When should an oxytocin test be done?

This test may be recommended if there is suspicion of a hormonal imbalance potentially related to oxytocin. Oxytocin can also be measured for research purposes to understand better how this hormone affects the human body and behavior.

How are the results interpreted?

Oxytocin levels in the blood vary throughout the day, so results must be interpreted in the context of when the sample was taken, as well as other factors such as stress, pregnancy, or taking certain medications. The range of “normal” values can vary, but significantly low or high oxytocin levels are often associated with certain health conditions.

High oxytocin levels may be linked with conditions such as postpartum depression and certain psychiatric disorders. On the other hand, low oxytocin levels may be associated with social behavior problems, including autism spectrum disorders, as well as conditions like depression and anxiety.

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Uzorak: Venous blood

Obrtno vreme: 10 days

Priprema: No special preparation is needed.

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