Hysterectomy-induced facilitation of lordosis behavior in the rat

Harold I. Siegel, Harry B. Ahdieh, Jay S. Rosenblatt

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The present study investigated the effect of hysterectomy on hormone-induced lordosis behavior. Lordosis quotients (LQ) were measured in hysterectomized-ovariectomized (HO) and ovariectomized-sham hysterectomized (OSH) rats after several treatments including either estradiol benzoate (EB) alone or EB plus progesterone (P) 44 hr later. Testing consisted of placing the females with sexually active males 48 hr after EB. In Experiment 1, HO animals treated with 5 μg/kg EB and 0.5 mg P had significantly higher LQs than OSH animals; groups treated with 10 μg/kg plus P were not different. Experiment 2 showed that a single injection of 50 μg/kg EB resulted in equally high levels of receptivity in both groups. The LQs of HO animals injected with 3 μg/kg for 4 days did not differ from those of OSH animals; however, the administration of 0.5 mg P 24 hr after the fourth EB injection resulted in significantly higher LQs in the HO group (Experiment 3). In Experiment 4, HO rats injected with 5 μg/kg EB and 0.1 mg P 44 hr later displayed higher levels of lordosis behavior than OSH animals. It was concluded that hysterectomy facilitated the lordosis behavior of ovariectomized rats injected with both EB and P and that the mechanism for this potentiation remains to be determined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-278
Number of pages6
JournalHormones and Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1978

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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