Oxytocin can do more than make you feel attached to your partner. It may have additional benefits in the pain relief department (it's one of the hormones released during labor, after all). Right now research is underway to see whether oxytocin nasal sprays can help quell headaches. Studies have also shown that oxytocin may accelerate wound healing, which is supported by the finding that women who have C-sections are found to suffer from less chronic pain than those who've undergone hysterectomies.
Credit: Getty Images
The 2014 Adventure Issue
From Iceland's Highway 1 to Utah's Canyonlands, an epic itinerary for modern explorers.
Plus: Building a Bigger Action Hero
ON NEWSSTANDS NOW
The Interpreters We Left Behind
The Rise of Cyclocross
Sign up to receive the Men’s Journal newsletter and special offers from MJ and its marketing partners.