Assessing & Testing Oxytocin levels:
Oxytocin Testing Assessing Oxytocin Levels using ELISA assay for the assessment of oxytocin. The oxytocin assay has been used in major clinical studies where oxytocin is measured. Classification of Oxytocin Status for Adults and Children: Insufficient: Less than 5 pg/ml for adults; Less than1.25 pg/ml for children Optimal Sufficiency: 7-15 pg/ml for men; 7-18 pg/ml for women
For many years, clinicians have been aware that oxytocin sufficiency plays a critical role in labor anddelivery, lactation, and autism; however, volumes of recent studies have shown that oxytocin also plays a key role in maintaining other aspects of overall health. Research confirms that adequate oxytocin is critical for normal cellular function in other organ systems.
The Emerging Link between Oxytocin Sufficiency and Disease Incidence
A closer look at the mounting research studies revealed that low levels of oxytocin are associated with increased risk of certain medical conditions, including:
• Low Estrogen
• Low Thyroid T3
• CMV Infection
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Chronic Stress Situations
• Chronic Opioid Use
• Anxiety Disorders
• Some types of Schizophrenia
Until recently, the traditional use of oxytocin (Pitocin®) in medical care throughout the world has been primarily in the area of labor and delivery. Oxytocin has also long been given to new mothers who have trouble producing enough milk to nurse their newborn. But recently oxytocin has met the evidence-based medicine for use in the treatment of autism. At least two double-blinded, placebo controlled trialshave now been done at two different medical centers by two different researchers, and both have beenshown the use of oxytocin in the treatment of autistic children to be beneficial.
Oxytocin deficiency has been linked to increased risk of developing:
"Adapted from data by Jorge Flechas, MD and Thierry Hertoghe, MD"