Oxytocin and sexual behavior

Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 1992 Summer;16(2):131-44. doi: 10.1016/s0149-7634(05)80176-9.


The neurohypophyseal hormone oxytocin has been implicated in many aspects of reproduction including sexual behavior. This review considers the hypotheses that oxytocin and/or the neural events surrounding the release of oxytocin may have behavioral effects during sexual arousal, orgasm, sexual satiety and other aspects of sociosexual interactions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Oxytocin / physiology*
  • Sexual Behavior / physiology*
  • Sexual Behavior, Animal / physiology*


  • Oxytocin