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Primate SexualityComparative Studies of the Prosimians, Monkeys, Apes, and Humans$
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Alan F. Dixson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199544646

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199544646.001.0001

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The ovarian cycle and sexual behaviour

The ovarian cycle and sexual behaviour

(p.430) Chapter 11 The ovarian cycle and sexual behaviour
Primate Sexuality

Alan F. Dixson

Oxford University Press

This chapter explains how sexual behaviour is affected by hormonal changes during the ovarian cycle in prosimians, monkeys, apes, and human beings. Information on behaviour during pregnancy and the post-partum period are compared with events during ovarian cycles. The female's sexual initiating behaviour (proceptivity) and her inclination to let the male copulate (receptivity) varies based on the stage of the ovarian cycle. The chapter gives an overview of the ovarian cycle including proceptivity, receptivity, and attractiveness. It also presents the ovarian cycle and sexual behaviour in New World monkeys and discusses the menstrual cycle and sexual behaviour in catarrhine primates.

Keywords:   sexual behavior, ovarian cycle, proceptivity, receptivity, New World monkeys, menstrual cycle, catarrhine primates

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