Sex is, arguably, the world's most thrilling taboo.
Thinking about it, doing it and discussing it all, seemingly, should be done under a cloak of darkness.
But, did you know that, as a woman, we are predisposed to thinking differently post-coitus to our male counterparts?
According to scientists from Rutgers University, New Jersey, different brain activity is recorded in women during arousal than in men.
A key hormone released during sex is oxytocin, also known as the ‘cuddle hormone’. This lowers our defences and makes us trust people more. It’s also the key to bonding, as it increases levels of empathy.
Women produce more of this hormone – although it’s not clear why – and this means they are more likely to let their guard down and fall in love with a man after sex.
Men, on the other hand, instead receive a surge of simple pleasure. The main hormone released for men is that of dopamine, the same hormone released after exercising, listening to music or sleeping.
This surge can, in turn, be addictive, which is why so many more men tend to suffer from sex addiction.
It is also why women are more likely to get attached after a one-night-stand, while men can easily brush it off.
So, the next time your female friend falls for the charms of An Extremely Average Man after a midnight hook-up – don't blame her, blame her hormones.
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