Oxytocin

Chemical structure of Oxytocin

Chemical structure of Oxytocin

Oxytocin (OXT) is a hormone produced in the neurohypophysis, which is part of the pituitary gland under the brain. It acts to start labour in pregnancy, stop excessive bleeding after delivery by contracting the uterus and stimulates milk production by the breasts. A synthetic form can be given as an injection to increase the intensity of labour, and immediately after delivery to reduce bleeding.

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