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4 Scientific Ways Good Sex Brings You Closer to Your Partner

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Does engaging in intercourse make you feel closer to your partner? You're not alone. There are scientific reasons why sex (especially good sex) makes you feel closer to your lover.

The neuropeptide oxytocin reduces stress and increases feelings of trust (Denes, 2012). It is also associated with feelings of love, sexual desire, and bonding among romantic couples (Birnbaum, 2017; Meston and Frohlich, 2000; Schneiderman et al., 2012). For example, couples staying together over a six month period had higher baseline levels of oxytocin than those who had broken up within that same period (Schneiderman et al., 2012). Sexual activity and orgasm further elevate oxytocin levels for both men and women (Meston and Frohlich, 2000), increasing intimacy between partners. But oxytocin not only makes you feel closer to your mate, it also prevents you from becoming close to other potential mates, helping to maintain fidelity. Men in monogamous relationships who were administered oxytocin intranasally maintained a greater distance between themselves and an attractive female confederate. These men stayed farther away from the attractive woman versus men in the placebo condition and versus single men (Scheele et al, 2012). Oxytocin helps to make you feel closer to your partner and keep you closer too.

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