Oxytocin nasal spray combats cystitis

The Daily Mail reports that researchers are using oxytocin nasal spray to treat women with interstitial cystitis, or chronic inflammation of the bladder wall.  The trial is based on the observation that breast feeding women (who have naturally raised levels of oxytocin) often have cystitis symptoms reduced.  Those behind the trial at the University of Alabama believe that oxytocin has analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects.