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How long do early relationship hormones last?

Answer from our relationship expert:

The intensity of early relationship hormones, such as dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin, can vary between individuals and depend on various factors, including the nature of the relationship and individual biological differences. While the initial "honeymoon phase" of heightened passion and infatuation typically lasts anywhere from a few months to two years, the long-term trajectory of hormone levels may fluctuate as the relationship matures. However, it's important to note that the emotional and psychological bond formed between partners can endure beyond the initial surge of hormones, contributing to long-lasting intimacy and connection.

Understanding the role of hormones in shaping romantic attraction and attachment can provide valuable insights into the dynamics of your relationship. Recognize that while hormone levels may fluctuate over time, the depth of emotional intimacy and mutual respect between partners can continue to deepen and evolve with shared experiences and communication. Consider exploring further resources on the neuroscience of love and attachment to gain a deeper understanding of the physiological mechanisms underlying romantic relationships.

References. 

The Neuroscience of Love

Updated: 

April 10, 2024

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