Hormones

Hormones are those chemical agents that perform endless functions in the brain and body. Learn about their typology, functions, and mechanisms, and understand human behaviour much better.

The Role of Orexins in Sleeping and Eating

The role of orexins, also known as hypocretins, is well known by scientists. They discovered them in 1998. These two neuropeptide hormones are present in most vertebrates and derive from a common precursor protein, called prepro-orexin: Orexin A or hypocretin…

Trust, Generosity, Affection: The Benefits of Oxytocin

Oxytocin plays an important role in your bodily functions and your behavior. It’s a neurohormone that provides wonderful benefits to your body and emotions. Oxytocin is called “the love hormone” because it’s responsible for so many of the things that…

Enkephalin: A Pain-Relieving Neurotransmitter

People have been studying the role of enkephalin in pain transmission for over three decades. Enkephalin is a hormone that acts as a neurotransmitter that allows neurons to communicate. It’s a hormone your brain produces in certain areas such as the pituitary…

Anticipatory Anxiety

People who live with anticipatory anxiety deal with uncertainty and worry that make it hard to breathe. They’re victims of their harried minds, always imagining the worst. There are few experiences worse than feeling trapped by permanent angst, your body and…

The Causes and Treatment of Hypermenorrhea

It’s something half the population experiences for a good part of their lives. For some women, it isn’t a problem, whereas others suffer from it. Of course, we’re talking about menstruation, the monthly “friend” that visits every woman. It’s possible…

Progesterone: Characteristics and Functions

Progesterone is a female hormone that belongs to the steroid family. A woman’s ovaries produce and release it. Along with estrogen, it’s one of the main hormones involved in a woman’s menstrual cycle and reproductive functions. Even though it plays…

Why and How Menopause Affects Sex Drive

Women have a lot more sex drive problems after menopause, as menopause seems to lower libido. Levels of estrogen drop after menopause, which can lead to reduced arousal and make sex more painful. Menopausal and post-menopausal women might notice that…