Pain curbs sex drive in females, but not males

Sexes respond to irritating injections differently, mouse study finds

By Laura Sanders, 16:11 PM April 22, 2014

Pain makes female mice less amorous, but males ignore burning injections in pursuit of females, a new study finds. The results, published in the April 23 Journal of Neuroscience, highlight stark differences between male and female sexual behavior in mice.

But it’s not clear whether the findings apply to the vagaries of human sexuality.

To test how pain affects the sexual behavior of female mice, Jeffrey Mogil of McGill University in Montreal and colleagues designed an arena that allowed female ...

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