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are there disorders that are caused by hyper secretion of oxytocin?

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management 17 years experience
Hyper-oxytocinemia? : Oxytocin is 1 of 8 hormones released by the pituitary gland, which is divided into the anterior & posterior lobes. Posterior lobe secretes oxytocin & adh (vasopressin). Main actions: aid w/ uterine contraction during labor & w/ release of breast milk. Excess can cause harder uterine contractions & stress the fetus. Hyper secretion in non-pregnant /non-nursing female is rare & need endocrinology consultation.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

What is an oxytocin challenge test?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fetal statuss check: A oxytocin challenge test(oct) involves giving a pregnant mother the drug to stimulate at least 3 contractions in a 10 minute interval to check whether the fetal heart rate accelerates(reassuring) or declines. It allows the OB md to check on the fetal status especially when there are concerns about the baby's wellbeing.
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Is it possible to get oxytocin from a natural source?

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Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
Child Psychiatry 44 years experience
No.: Oxytocin is produced in the pituitary gland. Recovering hormones from humans (or animals) is associated w/ many risks. So there is no good reason to attempt to extract from living or dead persons/animals. To my knowledge, this is not being done anywhere. Oxytocin is a relatively easy protein made in the lab w/ the identical Amino Acid sequence found naturally in human beings -& it works perfectly.
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Is buccal oxytocin available without a prescription?

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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
No one: Uses that any more that was used 30 yrs ago, it can be very dangerous, and u can't get it without a script oxytocin should onlky be given by a controlled pump IV in a hospital !
A 27-year-old member asked:

What is the rate of effectiveness with a Foley bulb vs cervadil or petocin?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Comparable.: Mechanical cervical ripening with Foley bulb is of comparable efficacy with prostaglandin cervical preparations such as cervidil/cytotec and even intravenous oxytocin infusion. Your obstetrician will decide which method is best for you, on the basis of your risk factors and initial cervical examination. Mechanical methods usually take longer to work, though.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Oxytocin use in office setting ok?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Oxytocin: Oxytocin is a powerful hormone. When we hug or kiss a loved one, oxytocin levels drive up. It also acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain. In fact, the hormone plays a huge role in pair bonding. Prairie voles, one of nature's most monogamous species, produce oxytocin in spades. This hormone is also greatly stimulated during sex, birth, breast feeding, and the list goes on.

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