Fact Check: Can Spraying Yourself With Oxytocin Help You Get Laid?

Fact Check: Can Spraying Yourself With Oxytocin Help You Get Laid?

The hormone oxytocin is often referred to in the popular media as the “love hormone” or “cuddle drug” because research has shown that it plays an important role in human bonding. For instance, experimental studies have demonstrated that participants are more trusting of other people during social interactions after being given a nasal spray with oxytocin compared to a placebo [1]. In an attempt to capitalize on this and other such discoveries, several companies have started selling oxytocin-based products that are advertised to have a wide range of applications, from giving you an edge in the world of business to having more or better sex. The basic premise is that if you can enhance oxytocin levels in the people around you, they will develop more trust in you, thereby allowing you to get what you want sexually or otherwise. But do these products really work as promised?

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Fact Check: Do Skinny Jeans And “Excessive” Masturbation Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

In a recent online survey, a sample of 1,500 men were asked to identify the most common causes of erectile dysfunction (ED). Results indicated that 1 out of 3 guys pointed to wearing skinny jeans and 1 out of 10 guys pointed to “excessive” masturbation as the primary culprits. Is there any truth to the idea that wearing tight pants or “overusing” your genitals can affect your ability to achieve erections in the future? No. There is simply no research to suggest wearing slimmer pants or underwear will cause ED (incidentally, the often cited claim that tight undies impairs sperm production appears to be exaggerated too1). And scientists have found no association between frequency of masturbation and reports of erectile problems.2 So let’s talk about the actual causes of ED and what you can do to maintain erectile health.  
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