Flashcards in Female Reproductive Behaviour 6 Deck (6)
What is the difference when using the words oestrous and oestrus?
Oestrous: a phase in the cycle
Oestrus: an adjective describing when an animal is in heat
What two hormones promote egg development?
LH and FSH
What is the difference in the rat ovarian cycle compared to humans?
Progesterone increases sooner and declines earlier, allowing them to have a rapid return to oestrus in a 4 day cycle if there is no mating
Allows for rapid reproduction
What are the 3 sexual behaviour components proposed by frank beach?
1. Attractivity: how willing the male is to mate with her
2. Proceptivity: a females eagerness to mate
3. Receptivity: a females ability to mate
What is the Bruce effect?
Pregnant female mice aborted their embryos when housed with an unfamiliar male