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Jikken Dobutsu. 1991 Jul;40(3):337-41.

Central effects of yohimbine on copulatory behavior in aged male rats.

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Department of Laboratory Animal Science, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, Nippon Veterinary and Animal Science University, Tokyo, Japan.


It is well known that yohimbine has a history of popular use because of its supposed aphrodisiac properties. The present study was done to determine whether yohimbine can modify the copulatory behavior of aged male rats. Adult male rats of the Wistar-Imamichi strain, 52 weeks of age and weighing 600-650g, were injected intracerebroventricularly with yohimbine hydrochloride (5, 10 micrograms/10 microliters/rat) or vehicle. Each male was then given the opportunity to mate with a receptive female for 30 min after administration of yohimbine or vehicle. Yohimbine produced significant decreases in the latency to initial mounting and significant increases in the number of mountings. However, there was no ejaculation in the yohimbine-and vehicle-treated males. This study is the first to clearly establish an important modulator of sexual arousal for yohimbine in aged male rats.

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