Elicitation of ejaculation and penile reflexes in spinal male rats by peripheral electric shock

Benjamin Hart, Vicki Odell

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Abstract

Mild electrical shock, applied bilaterally to the skin of the flank of spinal male rats occasionally evokes an ejaculatory complex consisting of seminal expulsion followed by penile erections and flips. The ejaculatory reaction appears to be inhibited by penile stimulation. The inhibitory effect of penile stimulation on ejaculation may represent a spinal mechanism responsible for the obligatory copulatory intromissions which precede ejaculation. The function of penile erections and flips, may be to pack and seal seminal plugs into the vaginocervical junction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)623-626
Number of pages4
JournalPhysiology and Behavior
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981

Keywords

  • Penis
  • Sexual behavior
  • Spinal cord
  • Spinal reflexes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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