Putting your minds together on paper can actually change your bond in reality, this study found.
It does sound like backwards thinking, changing women to suit men, but hear me out.
The Medical University of Vienna has found that treating a woman with oxytocin not only benefits the patient, but it can also be good for her male partner. It’s not really the drug that does it, though.
Researchers completed a study that looked at the sex lives of 30 mature couples, all between 41 and 65 years of age, and all in long term relationships.
The women in the relationships were all experiencing sexual dysfunction of some kind, as well as some of the men.
To come up with results, the couples were divided into two groups, and in the first group, the women were given doses of oxytocin, a drug that’s been labeled the “bonding hormone”.
In the second group, the women were given a placebo. And here’s the key: the couples in each group were then also asked to keep a joint diary about their sex life.
Keeping a Diary
What happened? The quality of sexual intimacy between partners in both the oxytocin group AND the placebo group increased at just about the same rate, throughout the study.
In fact, the whole thing had such a positive effect on the participants, that it actually went so far as to improve men’s erectile dysfunction.
“The mere fact that the couple discussed sexuality more in their relationship and that they had to keep a joint diary helped to enhance their sexual response,” said Michaela Bayerle-Eder, doctor of internal and sexual medicine at MedUni Vienna.
“This is of major importance for all sex therapists,” she added. “It is not just the medication that helps but rather, and more importantly, the functional social interaction within a relationship.”
So, get writing and don’t be shy: it could lead to great things. The study was published in the journal Fertility and Sterility and researchers hope it can be of help to couples everywhere seeking to improve their sexual bonding.
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