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Adrenal Glands and Sexual Receptivity in Female Rhesus Monkeys

Naturevolume 222pages10651066 (1969) | Download Citation



EVIDENCE from both clinical and laboratory sources suggests that androgens can stimulate receptivity in female primates. Testosterone increases “libido” in women1,2 and enhances the receptivity of ovariectomized rhesus monkeys (although the effects on the sexual activity of their male partners was inconspicuous)3,4. But whether androgens secreted by the female herself play a part in regulating receptivity is unknown. Because the ovariectomized, oestrogen-treated female monkey is usually completely receptive to the male, it follows that any androgen secreted by the ovaries5 is not implicated. We have therefore investigated the role of the adrenal cortex, the principal androgen-secreting organ in females6, in the hormonal control of receptivity.

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