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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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Hormones and sexual behaviour in the adult male

Hormones and sexual behaviour in the adult male

(p.524) Chapter 13 Hormones and sexual behaviour in the adult male
Primate Sexuality

Alan F. Dixson

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the seasonal changes in hormones and sexual behaviour of male primates. It examines the effects of castration, testosterone replacement, anti-androgens, and metabolites on male primates. Sexually experienced males castrated in adulthood rarely mount females and fail to intromit when observed six to twelve months after surgery. The chapter also explores the sources of individual variability in sexual behaviour such as individual differences in circulating androgen levels, the role of previous sexual experience and the role of the female partner. It addresses the difference between the peripheral and central effects of androgens upon male sexuality; and discusses the factors that impinge hypothalamic mechanisms.

Keywords:   hormones, sexual behaviour, androgens, male sexuality, sexual experience, male primates

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