Synchronizing Ovarian and Birth Cycles by Female Pheromones

  • Martha K. McClintock


The timing of ovulation can be altered by olfactory signals from other females in the social environment. In the rat, olfactory communication results in the synchronization of estrous cycles within a female social group: the majority of females are likely to be at the same phase of their estrous cycles on the same day (McClintock, 1978; McClintock, 1981). This may be a mechanism to coordinate fertility and infant care with an appropriate social and physical environment (McClintock, 1981; McClintock, In press)


Corpus Luteum Estrous Cycle Follicular Development Ovarian Cycle Vaginal Smear 
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  • Martha K. McClintock
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  1. 1.Department of Behavioral SciencesThe University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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