Increased Dopamine and Testosterone
New relationships offer some particularly enthralling health boosts. In men, a new romantic partner can trigger the release of testosterone and dopamine, chemicals that can contribute to feelings of lust, attachment, and happiness — they also help your body recover and feel good. Unfortunately, this love high doesn’t last. “Your brain chemicals cannot sustain that kind of behavior,” says Christine Milrod, PhD, sexologist. From a health perspective, fledging partnerships confer some benefits but for significant effect, long-term relationships deliver more.
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