"Love Drug" may bring back that lovin' feeling

FRESNO, Calif.

Also, Sally was abused as a child and thought for a long time that sex and intimacy was for the birds. So, you might wonder why they're so cuddly now.

"I took one in the morning by nighttime, I felt completely different," said Sally.

Sometimes called female Viagra, Sally started taking daily doses of Oxytocin. "I just felt more connected and more responsive."

The hormone's produced naturally in our brains' pituitary gland, and is a factor in human bonding. It's also used to help induce labor. Our Oxytocin levels can go up during pleasurable experiences, like listening to good music or physical contact. "That's why it often gets dubbed, the cuddle hormone," said Wellness Solutions Clinical Director, Dr. Matt French.

Dr. French prescribes Oxytocin pills to women who feel they don't produce enough of it naturally.

"I was not happy with my weight, I was not happy with my life. I was not happy," said Heidi Armer.

Heidi Armer, 57, said before taking Oxytocin she didn't even enjoy being around the three young children she adopted. "My kids always want to be on my lap and I was like, get down, get down."

Now, after taking Oxytocin for months, she says that relationship has changed for the better.

"I let them come up and sit down and hug on me and I would hug on them," said Armer, "We're not seeing any negative reactions."

But researchers at Mount Sinai School Of Medicine are not so sure. Their recent study shows Oxytocin can make suspicious people, more suspicious, not more loving. Basically, it can amplify whatever social predispositions you already have.

"If we did see somebody potentially moving in this direction of some of these studies have indicated, it would be very easy to just discontinue," said Dr. French.

Feeling closer to Frank then ever before using Oxytocin, Sally will continue.

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