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Effects of Exposure to Vaginal Odor and Receptive Females on Plasma Testosterone in the Male Hamster

Effects of Exposure to Vaginal Odor and Receptive Females on Plasma Testosterone in the Male Hamster Changes in plasma testosterone (T) levels following the placement of a receptive female into a male’s cage and after exposure to the odor of vaginal discharge in the absence of a female were studied in the male hamster. Plasma T was determined by radioimmunoassay. Both treatments produced significant increases in T levels. The degree of interest in the odor was positively related to the males’ baseline T levels. The results demonstrate a direct effect of a sex-related odor on neuroendocrine activity in a male mammal. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Neuroendocrinology Karger

Effects of Exposure to Vaginal Odor and Receptive Females on Plasma Testosterone in the Male Hamster

Neuroendocrinology , Volume 15 (6): 10 – Jan 1, 1974

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Publisher
Karger
Copyright
© 1974 S. Karger AG, Basel
ISSN
0028-3835
eISSN
1423-0194
DOI
10.1159/000122326
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Abstract

Changes in plasma testosterone (T) levels following the placement of a receptive female into a male’s cage and after exposure to the odor of vaginal discharge in the absence of a female were studied in the male hamster. Plasma T was determined by radioimmunoassay. Both treatments produced significant increases in T levels. The degree of interest in the odor was positively related to the males’ baseline T levels. The results demonstrate a direct effect of a sex-related odor on neuroendocrine activity in a male mammal.

Journal

NeuroendocrinologyKarger

Published: Jan 1, 1974

Keywords: Testosterone; Sexual stimulation; Pheromone

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