Mouse Study: Oxytocin Regulates Female Sexual Behavior

October 11, 2014 1:00 PM

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The “cuddle” hormone oxytocin may play a particularly strong role in regulating female sexual behavior, according to a new mouse study by scientists at Rockefeller University. Oxytocin is released naturally during moments of relational bonding, such as breastfeeding, childbirth, and sex.

The research, published in the journal Cell, involved genetically changing female mice in order to eliminate the oxytocin response in the prefrontal cortex. This resulted in females showing zero sexual interest in males during their peak mating cycle.

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