Falling In Love *Literally* Makes Women Sick, Study Finds

Falling In Love *Literally* Makes Women Sick, Study FindsFalling In Love *Literally* Makes Women Sick, Study Finds

Those butterflies in your stomach? That's just the tip of the iceberg.

Is lovesickness real? New research points to “yes” — read on for the deets.

Catching feelings is no joke; if you’re not prepared to fall for someone, it could very well lead to a world of hurt. And it turns out that falling in love actually makes you sick. Well, sorta. 

Researchers from the University of California in Los Angeles took samples from 47 young women as they started new relationships over two years with the goal of pinpointing the effects of romantic love. The researchers found that new love doesn’t just affect women emotionally and psychologically, but physically, as well.

“Falling in love is one of the most psychologically potent experiences in human life”, the scientists wrote, The Sunday Times reports. “New romantic love is accompanied not only by psychological changes.”

Falling In Love *Literally* Makes Women Sick, Study Finds

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The researchers found that falling in love causes women to produce interferon, which is a protein that’s usually produced to fight viruses. And those who fell out of love? They produced less interferon.

But as relationships progress and become more mature, these effects might become less intense, the scientists theorise.

Is lovesickness real? When love feels like a disease

Why does the body produce interferon when you’re catching feelings? It’s still unclear, but scientists think it could be a woman’s body preparing for pregnancy, so men’s genetic responses could look very different.

The UCLA researchers aren’t the only scientists who have found that lovesickness could be very real. London-based psychologist Frank Tallis says that lovesickness can result in mania, depression, and certain aspects of obsessive-compulsive disorder, like obsessively checking your phone for new messages.

Falling In Love *Literally* Makes Women Sick, Study Finds

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“Many people are referred for help who cannot cope with the intensity of love have been destabilised by falling in love, or who suffer on account of their love being unrequited,” Dr. Tallis told The Independent. The effects of this kind of lovesickness could be fatal, resulting in suicide attempts.

“Although there is much modern research into the treatment of relationship and psychosexual problems, there is little dealing with the specific problem of lovesickness,” he said. “Perhaps now is the time for us to take it more seriously and take a lead from those ancient clinicians who diagnosed and treated it like any other complaint.”

Psychologist Alex Gardner agrees. “People can die from a broken heart,” he told The Independent. “Lovesickness is probably extremely common.”

READ: Red Flags To Watch Out For When Dating A New Guy, According To His Zodiac Sign

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