Are Your Prescriptions Messing with Your Marriage?
Fascinating research findings:
- Naltrexone reduces feelings of social connection - naltrexone (Revia, Vivitrol), used in the treatment of alcohol or opioid dependence, reduces feelings of closeness with our spouses and close friends. While you're taking this important medication, make a commitment to your marriage and your friendships instead of relying on your feelings.
- Watch Your Mental Health, Your Mood, and Your Marriage When Your Prescriptions Mess with Your Gut - nothing definitive to report yet, but it's looking quite likely that what's happening in your intestines is affecting your ability to enjoy your spouse's love for you, and both antibiotics and your diet can have a large effect.
- Hormonal contraceptives suppress oxytocin-induced brain reward responses to the partner's face - if you're not on the Pill, the attractiveness of your partner's face increases with each burst of oxytocin: each massage, each orgasm, each shared positive emotion. Not so for those on the Pill. But there may be an antidote, because...
- Attention Alters Perceived Attractiveness - just paying attention to a particular face increases its attractiveness. So use the Pill, but remember to stop and smell the roses. Take a good, long look at the face you married every day.
Hope you find these research findings as fascinating and helpful as I do.