The increase in kisspeptin hormone activity in a certain area of the brain of men may have the potential to reduce anxiety and increase sexual behavior, according to a study in male mice.
Kisspeptin is known for its crucial role in fertility.
The sexual and reproductive health is the subject of study and subject of interest to researchers from various fields, from psychology or sociology, to endocrinology. And it is precisely this latter discipline that has found new evidence of something that previous studies had suggested: the sexual appetite of men can be increased if the activity of a hormone called kisspeptin increases .
The setting chosen to present the study, carried out by scientists from King’s College London (United Kingdom), was the Annual Conference of the Endocrinology Society held in the English town of Harrogate.
According to the same, and based on previous similar research, the forced increase (in a controlled manner in the laboratory) of kisspeptin hormone activity in a certain area of the brain of male mice, specifically in the amygdala brain, could have the potential to reduce anxiety in animals and increase their sexual appetite.
Thus, they observed that while kisspeptin sensitive neurons motivate sexual desire and reduce anxiety, not only sex is encouraged, but the possibilities of effective reproduction are increased. How to transfer this to human beings? For many men the anxiety can be a trigger for sexual dysfunction so the fundamental role of kisspeptin hormone in the regulation of behavior, both sexual and social, could be taken into account to correct disorders in men related to anxiety.
The authors of the study have stated that it is not clear if this hormone has the same effect in female mice. Neither is it possible to modify the sexual orientation by silencing receptive neurons to kisspeptin, so they insist that further research is needed in this way to really know to what extent the hormone conditions sexual behaviors , as well as their involvement in humans.
Kisspeptin, named after Kiss, a trademark of chocolate typical of the town where it was discovered, is known for its crucial role in fertility , as there is scientific evidence that the role of kisspetin is to stimulate the production of reproductive hormones such as gonadotropins, which favor sexual maturation during pregnancy and puberty.
However, studies like the one carried out by King’s College London, show that this hormone can also be important for our emotions, excitement and desire.