PSYC 391 Chapter Notes -Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Prenatal Hormones And Sexual Orientation, Secondary Sex Characteristic

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Sexual interest apparently reaches peak immediately before or after menstruation. Supported by research on men receiving androgen replacement therapy. Sexual desire and fantasy increase around midpoint of cycle (ovulation and androgen peaks) according to one study, other study found peak of sexual desire after menstruation. No one reliable pattern of increased sxual desire in women, could be b/c of emotional reactions to menstruation (as created by society/religious beliefs: the complicating role of social factors in the influence of hormones: Levels of testosterone related to sexual desire in girls, but also degree of adult feminization on body (also higher correlation of father in household absence for testosterone and sexual desire) Father"s suppress female sexuality: male religious commitment to reduce effects of testosterone on sexual interest. F may be more likely to initiate sexual activity in lt rlnshps (greater familiarity and comfort w/rlnshp and sexual intimacy, more egalitarian rlnshp: men:

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