The Science of Kissing

This morning, as I left for work, and we had our usual goodbye peck - my husband Sean, in his usual nerdy-know-it-all way said to me “Did you know that there’s testosterone in my saliva and when I kiss you, it increases your libido?”

“Uh huh.” I thought, chuckling and rolling my eyes, as I often dismiss my dear husband’s random trivia as hot air.  But upon further investigation, it turns out that it is true, he had heard about it in a CBC radio interview with Sheril Kirshenbaum, author of The Science of Kissing.  According to Kirshenbaum, the lips have an extremely high number of nerve endings and MRI testing has shown that even the lightest stimulation of the lips activates numerous parts of the brain.  She also discusses how kissing induces the release of oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine – facilitating pleasant feelings of comfort, security, and relaxation. 

So, yes folks, my husband knew what he was talking about after all.  And I wanted to share it with you again because I know that sometimes the romance can get lost in all the hubbub of trying to make a pregnancy. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I would like to remind you all to pucker up and celebrate it – because not only does it bring romance, but science says that it also increases your libido and helps you to relax too! And you can't go wrong with that.

Here is a link to the radio interview and more information on Sheril Kirshenbaum’s book The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Alda Ngo