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Effects of Bryonia laciniosa seeds on sexual behaviour of male rats


Ethanolic extract of seeds of Bryonia laciniosa Linn was administered orally to groups of male albino rats at the dose levels of 50, 100, and 150 mg kg−1 body weight per day for 28 days. The changes in sexual behaviour, reproductive organ weights, histology of testis and epididymis, epididymal sperm density, and androgenic hormone levels were evaluated. The sexual behaviour parameters studied such as mount frequency, intromission frequency, mount latency, intromission latency were significantly affected. Increase in body weight as well as weight of testis, prostate, seminal vesicle, and epididymis was noticed. Transverse sections of testis exhibited increased spermatogenesis and a significant increase in sperm count in epididymis. The fructose content of seminal vesicle was also increased. The extract treatment also brought a significant increase in serum testosterone and luteinizing hormone levels. The studies clearly reflect androgenic activity of the extract and its effects on hypothalamic pituitary gonadal axis.

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One of the authors, NS Chauhan, thanks AICTE New Delhi for providing National Doctoral Fellowship.

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Chauhan, N., Dixit, V. Effects of Bryonia laciniosa seeds on sexual behaviour of male rats. Int J Impot Res 22, 190–195 (2010).

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  • Bryonia laciniosa
  • sexual behaviour
  • testosterone
  • follicle stimulating hormone
  • luteinizing hormone
  • reproductive organ

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