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Pitocin is a drug form of oxytocin, ‘the love hormone.’ It is used in birth to regulate labour. It is given via an intravenous line and is only used in hospitals. Pitocin versus ‘natural’ oxytocin has become a key point of tension in debates over the ‘right’ way to manage birthing bodies. Oxytocin works in myriad rhythms and ways and affects people’s feelings and perceptions, while Pitocin doesn’t reach the brain so it only affects the muscles, causing uterine contractions that can be problematically strong. Pitocin can be a helpful tool but there is concern about its over-use. Ideas about ‘hormone cascades’ shape ways of understanding what birth is and how and where it should happen.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHormonal Theory
Subtitle of host publicationA Rebellious Glossary
EditorsAndrea Ford, Roslyn Malcolm, Sonja Erikainen, Lisa Raeder, Celia Roberts
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2024

Publication series

NameTheory in the New Humanities
PublisherBloomsbury Academic

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • birth
  • reproduction
  • oxytocin
  • hormones
  • hormonal drugs
  • synthetic hormones
  • emotions
  • pain
  • hormone cascades
  • hospital care
  • self-cultvation
  • environmental influence


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