Female Infidelity Gene AVPR1A Test
Find out if you carry a genetic variant associated with heightened sexual promiscuity through a genetic test.
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The term “female infidelity” gene refers to five specific genetic variants of the AVPR1A gene. This gene encodes the arginine vasopressin receptor 1A, responsible for binding vasopressin and transmitting signals into cells.
Vasopressin, a hormone or “chemical messenger,” typically influences water retention in the kidneys and elevates blood pressure when released into the bloodstream. However, when vasopressin is directly released into the brain, it can impact social and sexual behavior, including infidelity.
In women with the “female infidelity” versions of AVPR1A, the transmission of the vasopressin signal is disrupted. Each variant is associated with an increased likelihood of extrapair mating or cheating in women.
It’s worth noting that there is no evidence that these five variants influence sexual behavior in men. However, a different AVPR1A variation, known as the RS3 334 allele, is associated with an increased likelihood of infidelity in men, and this allele is detected in the Male Pair-Bonding Gene AVPR1A Test.
The AVPR1A gene is situated on chromosome 12, and individuals inherit two copies of this gene—one from each parent. A straightforward DNA test can reveal the specific forms of AVPR1A that a person has inherited.
The genetic variants tested include the minor alleles (less common alleles) at the following five markers in AVPR1A, all of which are linked to infidelity in women:
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