A Hormone That Makes You Fall In Love And Want Sex Was Just Discovered
Do you ever feel like you're sexually and romantically broken? Like your sex drive is dead AF, and you're in no mood for any sort of romance?
Don't worry, babes, there might be something that can help bring our ice-cold hearts and numb libidos back to life.
According to a new study from Imperial College London, the hormone kisspeptin can actually make you feel substantially hornier and more ~romantic~.
So what the hell is kisspeptin anyway? Because it sounds like a scary, artificial ingredient that would be on the back of a Diet Coke bottle.
Well, it's actually a natural hormone that kickstarts our body's release of other reproductive hormones.
So basically, it makes you feel DTF and also kicks off the very hormones that make your body more inclined to reproduce. How convenient.
In the study, straight men were injected with either kisspeptin or a placebo and were then shown sexy and romantic images of couples (in addition to neutral images of couples) as researchers conducted MRI scans of their brains.
Interestingly enough, researchers found the boys who had been injected with kisspeptin had heightened brain activity in areas associated with sexual arousal and romance.
As a result of these findings, scientists are particularly excited to explore how kisspeptin could treat people with psychosexual disorders (sexual problems stemming from your mental health) and people with trouble conceiving.
Professor Waljit Dhillo, lead author of the study, said that previous research in this area has mostly focused on biology:
Most of the research and treatment methods for infertility to date have focussed on the biological factors that may make it difficult for a couple to conceive naturally. These, of course, play a huge part in reproduction, but the role that the brain and emotional processing play in this process are also very important, and only partially understood.
In addition to helping with reproduction, sex and intimacy issues, researchers are also curious to see if kisspeptin could be helpful in treating depression.
During the study, participants were not just shown sexy and romantic pictures, but they also viewed happy, fearful, neutral and negative images.
While kisspeptin didn't seem to affect any emotional brain activity when it came to neutral, happy or fearful pics, the hormone did elevate activity in areas of the brain that help us regulate our bad moods.
Participants themselves even reported they were in a better mood than they were pre-injection and scan.
If kisspeptin could help me feel hornier, more romantic and less depressed, inject me right now, honey!
But before you call your doctor and start demanding injections of kisspeptin, it's important to remember this study is still in its early stages.
Dr. Alexander Comninos, the first author of the study from the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London, said that while this is all looking pretty dang good, more research needs to be done before drawing any major conclusions:
Our study shows that kisspeptin boosts sexual and romantic brain activity as well as decreasing negative mood. This raises the interesting possibility that kisspeptin may have uses in treating psychosexual disorders and depression which are major health problems which often occur together, but further studies would be needed to investigate this.