Postcopulatory Sexual Receptivity in Female Hamster - Role of Ovary and Adrenal
Cycling female golden hamsters that were allowed to become naturally behaviorally receptive were ovariectomized and adrenalectomized and allowed to mate on the day of surgery. The behavior of surgically treated females did not differ from that of control intact females. All mated females showed reductions in behavioral responsiveness. Unmated females, in contrast, were still receptive when tested at a corresponding time. The postcopulatory abbreviation in sexual receptivity characteristic of the intact female hamster, therefore, may occur in the absence of the ovaries and adrenal glands.