Neural substrates for sexual preference and motivation in the female and male rat.

@article{Sakuma2008NeuralSF,
  title={Neural substrates for sexual preference and motivation in the female and male rat.},
  author={Yasuo Sakuma},
  journal={Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences},
  year={2008},
  volume={1129},
  pages={55-60}
}
Rodents identify a mating partner by using olfactory cues. Female rats in estrus spend a longer time sniffing odors of sexually active males when physical contacts are hampered. Sexually active males are attracted by odors of receptive females. The preference in either sex disappears when the subjects are gonadectomized, an effect reversible by supplement with estrogen or testosterone. Thus, circulating sex steroids determine the odor preference in both sexes. In both sexes, olfactory cues get… CONTINUE READING