Does exogenous progesterone and oestradiol treatment from the mid-luteal phase induce follicular cysts in goats?
The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effects of exogenous ovarian steroid treatment, which is known to induce follicular cyst experimentally in cows, on ovarian activity in goats. Eleven female Shiba goats with the length of the normal oestrous cycle (approximately 21 days) received subcutaneously either 1 ml of ethanol (control group, n=4) or 4 mg of progesterone and 2mg of oestradiol (treatment group, n=7) daily for 7 days beginning on day 14 of the oestrous cycle (day 0=ovulation). Ultrasonographic images of the ovary and blood samples were collected daily to monitor the ovarian activity. Ovulation was observed before 1 day after the end of treatment in the control group. In the treatment group, no detectable structures of follicles or corpus luteum (static ovarian condition) were found for 6.0+/-1.4 days (mean+/-S.D.) after the end of treatment. Then, detectable follicles appeared and ovulation was observed in all animals of the treatment group. There was no sign
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