In The Functions of the Orgasms, Michel Odent considers the role of an “orgasmogenic cocktail” of hormones in the various “orgasms” in human life, including the “fetus ejection reflex”, “˜milk ejection reflex”, and “sperm ejection reflex”. He argues that these moments in human life are related and are equally integral to the wellbeing of humanity. Odent is primarily concerned that modern technology and medical developments have made “love hormones” (eg oxytocin) redundant – women can now conceive a baby, give birth and feed their infant without relying on the release of “cocktails of love hormones”. Odent believes this has dire consequences for our civilisation. His unique approach provides a clear argument that childbirth and breastfeeding should be seen as sacred and private moments, and seen in the framework of the “love hormones”.
Dr Odent toured for CAPERS Bookstore in 2008 and his presentation touched on many of the points raised in this book.