Sexpert Q&A: Lust vs. Love

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Dear Yvonne, Can lust turn into love? I'm trying to sort through a situation I'm in... - Isaac

Dear Isaac, There are tons of factors that play into whether or not hot sexual chemistry will make for an "in love" relationship, or if a good friendship can turn you into one hot'n'bothered buddy. Research on this matter indicates that while it is possible that feelings can change in feeling lust towards somebody, it's not guaranteed. Any possibility of the physical turning lovey dovey has to do with the hormones connected to sexual desire possibly triggering the release of oxytocin, the chemical associated with love and romance. This reaction may lead to romantic feelings, turning something physical and casual into a love relationship. Known as the "bonding hormone," oxytocin is believed to influence a lover's feelings for his or her lover.

Dr. Yvonne KristAn Fulbright is a sex educator, relationship expert, columnist and founder of

Sexuality Source Inc.

She is the author of several books including, "Touch Me There! A Hands-On Guide to Your Orgasmic Hot Spots."