Administration of naloxone (SC 5 mg/kg) significantly reduced ejaculation and mounting in male rats in the weeks following castration. A similar effect was obtained by injecting morphine (SC 1 or 5 mg/kg). In contrast, the same dosages of naloxone or morphine did not affect the sexual performance of gonadally intact males. Opioid peptides may contribute to the temporary persistence of sexual behavior in testosterone-deficient male mammals, in which incentive qualities of the female partner are an important determinant of sexual arousal.
- Rat sexual behavior