Journal article

Psychosocial stress suppresses attractivity, proceptivity and pulsatile LH secretion in the ewe

BN Pierce, PH Hemsworth, ETA Rivalland, ER Wagenmaker, AD Morrissey, MM Papargiris, IJ Clarke, FJ Karsch, AI Turner, AJ Tilbrook

HORMONES AND BEHAVIOR | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2008

Abstract

Various stressors suppress pulsatile secretion of luteinizing hormone (LH) in ewes and cortisol has been shown to be a mediator of this effect under various conditions. In contrast, little is known about the impact of stress and cortisol on sexual behavior in the ewe. Therefore, we tested the hypothesis that both psychosocial stress and stress-like levels of cortisol will reduce the level of attractivity, proceptivity and receptivity in addition to suppressing LH secretion in the ewe. In Experiment 1, a layered stress paradigm of psychosocial stress was used, consisting of isolation for 4 h with the addition of restraint, blindfold and noise of a barking dog (predator stress) at hourly inter..

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