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Dr. Christiaan Maurer Dr. Maurer
Internal Medicine
19 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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Dr. Kenneth Stoller
224 Doctors shared insights

Oxytocin (Definition)

Brings on or strengthens labor contractions during childbirth. Also used to ...Read more


Dr. Hector Chapa Dr. Chapa
Obstetrics & Gynecology
21 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Does woman release oxytocin whenever they have intercourse?

Does woman release oxytocin whenever they have intercourse?

Yes, and even before: Oxytocin is also released into the blood during many types of touching; including cuddling, hugging, kissing, orgasm, sex and snuggling. The physical effects of oxytocin include increased sensitivity of nerve endings, stimulated muscle contractions, increased heart rate plus the desire to touch and be touched. It is often called the "bonding" hormone. Men also release it during orgasm.

Dr. Kenneth Stoller Dr. Stoller
Preventive Medicine
31 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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Her fist time being fingered, is the chemical oxytocin released?

Hmmm: Is the finger in question in a vial of oxytocin... Then it would be released.

Dr. Alan Patterson Dr. Patterson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
38 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Acog released study re some adverse outcomes of use of pitocin (oxytocin) in labour augmentation. How worrisome is this for those of us who had pitocin (oxytocin) used?

Acog released study re some adverse outcomes of use of pitocin (oxytocin) in labour augmentation. How worrisome is this for those of us who had pitocin (oxytocin) used?

Pitocin (oxytocin) has been: Used for years and continues to be used if it is used properly it is very safe I use it on almost all of my inductions and to augment labor without inducing and augmenting my patients many could have ended up with problems, some doctors abuse and do not use Pitocin (oxytocin) properly (not too many) in those cases it can cause problems, Pitocin (oxytocin) has saved many of my pts from c-section have done 5000+delivery.

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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Dr. Alan Patterson Dr. Patterson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
38 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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What does oxytocin do?

It is used to: Induce or stimulate labor in the hospital by a specific protocol by a contolled IV pump.

Dr. Jeff Lin Dr. Lin
Gynecology - Oncology
10 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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What are natural sources of oxytocin?

It's made in your: Brain. Hypothalamus, to be exact.

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Dr. Rakhi Dimino Dr. Dimino
Obstetrics & Gynecology
years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Can pitocin (oxytocin) produce a bad reaction?

Can pitocin (oxytocin) produce a bad reaction?

Generally safe: Pitocin (oxytocin) can make you contract too much. To prevent this, usually it is started at a low dose and increased slowly until the contractions are close enough together to open the cervix. Not everyone needs Pitocin (oxytocin) in labor. It is used when the contractions a woman is having on her own are not opening the cervix.

Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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What happens if you have hypo or hyper oxytocin?

Not a disease: There is no such disease or syndrome for low or high oxytocin.

Dr. Rudolf Brutoco Dr. Brutoco
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
40 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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Is it possible to get oxytocin from a natural source?

Is it possible to get oxytocin from a natural source?

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.

Dr. Bahman Omrani Dr. Omrani
Pain Management
13 years in practice
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Are there disorders that are caused by hyper secretion of oxytocin?

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.

Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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Oxytocin use in office setting ok?

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.

Dr. Wayne Ingram Dr. Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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What is an oxytocin challenge test?

What is an oxytocin challenge test?

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.

Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Is it possible to by oxytocin over the counter?

No: This is a prescription item and not for OTC sale. If you find some allegedly oxytocin in a non-prescription place, it is probably something else and most likely will have no effect.

Dr. Alysia Townsend Dr. Townsend
Obstetrics & Gynecology
16 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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Effectiveness of cervadil vs pitocin (oxytocin) induction?

Effectiveness of cervadil vs pitocin (oxytocin) induction?

Depends on cervix: Before induction your current cervical exam is used as a determinant for which mode of induction. Cervidil is most likely used when the cervix is less soft, dilated, and effaced (thinned out), and more posterior, as it increases prostaglandins release to stimulate dilation, thinning and softening. Those who are already dilated and effaced benefit more from pitocin (oxytocin).

Dr. Robert Lutz Dr. Lutz
Obstetrics & Gynecology
35 years in practice
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
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What percentage of births involve the use of pitocin (oxytocin)?

What percentage of births involve the use of pitocin (oxytocin)?

Nearly all use: Some use for induction but nearly all use after delivery to contract uterus.

Dr. Charles Whiting Dr. Whiting
Obstetrics & Gynecology
23 years in practice
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Can you tell me about being induced with gel then pitocin (oxytocin)?

Cervical Ripening: The purpose of the gel is to prepare the cervix to dilate. It makes the cervix softer and sometimes causes slight dilation. The pitocin (oxytocin) gives you the contractions of real labor. This combination is a good way to induce labor if your body is ready or there is a medical need for induction. Best wishes!

Dr. Joseph Schifilliti Dr. Schifilliti
Obstetrics & Gynecology
35 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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What are the side effects of oxytocin if given to female as buccal pitocin?

What are the side effects of oxytocin if given to female as buccal pitocin?

Who uses buccal pit?: The discussion of the risks and proper use of pitotcin is a long one. Suffice it to say the use of buccal pitotcin to induce/augment labor involves all the usual risks of pitotcin in addition to the fact that buccal pitotcin is absorbed and dispersed in a less controlled fashion than iv. I am curious where and when buccal pitotcin is being used.

Dr. Maya Porrino Dr. Porrino
Family Medicine
12 years in practice
University of Nevada School of Medicine
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Why, when gals don' feel 'cuddly', or can't stand being in the room w/ their baby (as on the doctors tv show) are they not prescribed oxytocin? Ali

Why, when gals don' feel 'cuddly', or can't stand being in the room w/ their baby (as on the doctors tv show) are they not prescribed oxytocin? Ali

Good thought: Synthetic oxytocin, pitocin, is only used intravenously to help with labor. The new mom should be making plenty of her own oxytocin. Being a new mom, and not getting enough sleep, can make it difficult to bond with a baby at first. This will come with time. If her feelings are intense, and do not improve, she should be seen by her doctor to see if she has postpartum depression.

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Dr. Wayne Ingram Dr. Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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What produces oxytocin and vasopressin?

What produces oxytocin and vasopressin?

Pituitary and adrena: The posterior pituitary gland makes oxytocin, and a layer of the adrenal gland makes vasopressin (epinephrine).

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Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Pitocin (Definition)

Pitocin is a labor inducer which is a kind of women's ...Read more