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Pitocin, autism link…

I came across this article from Twitter today.

This part of the article especially makes sense to me:

“In spontaneous labors the mother’s pituitary gland makes an endogenous (i.e. internal) oxytocin that triggers the physiological onset and progress of labor. The hormone oxytocin is also produced during breastfeeding (causing the let-down of breast milk) and it accompanies sexual orgasm. For this reason it is referred to as the “love hormone” by obstetrician Christianne Northrop, MD as each of these biological events are associated with experiences of great emotional bonding and include meaningful social interaction between the individuals involved. Since autistic disorders produce an inability to make or maintain affectionate bonds or have normal social relationships, one cannot help but wonder if perhaps there is an causal relationship between these disorders and exogenous sources of an artificial form of oxytocin. Perhaps flooding the immature body of the fetus (especially boy babies) with this gender-specific synthetic hormone from animals somehow interferes with the eventual function of these psychological systems. It is an intriguing question.”

I was given Pitocin to induce labor the day I was 37 weeks gestation, my OB saw with the growth restriction it would be safer for the baby outside the womb, they checked me the day before I gave birth and found I was already 3 cm dilated, the night before I had reached 5 cm. I think I would have gone into labor naturally within a day or two maximum and wouldn’t have required to be induced. Allaho a3lam, cant go back in time, but if Pitocin is the cause of my son’s autism then I’m really pissed off at my OB and pharmaceutical companies.

Have you been induced and have a child with autism? If so please fill out this open discussion.


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