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What controls male sexual behavior? How does it compare to female sexual behavior?

What controls male sexual behavior?

-Testosterone + stimuli.
*testosterone works on sensory, integrative (memory), motor, and reward systems (see # 3).
*Medial preoptic area controls both appetitive and copulatory behavior in males.

What controls female sexual behavior?

-Estradiol + progestin/progesterone+ stimuli.
-estradiol binds to ER alpha, which induces progestin receptors in the hypothalamus.

absence of any of the above factors (in males or females) will...

...result in a lack of sexual behavior

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