Support for Human Estrus: Documentation in Ayurveda


Kalanghot Padmanabhan Skandhan, MSc, PhD, DSc, 902, VC Valley Apartments, Opp. CSEZ, Kakkanad, Cochin 682 037, India. Tel: (91) 9446507623; Fax: (91) 484 2478093; E-mail:


Introduction.  Human estrus is a new topic to discussion. Articles related to this are few.

Aim.  Authors present here the first known report on human estrus, which was discussed in the Ayurveda classic text, Susruta Samhita, dated back to the 1st century BC.

Main Outcome Measure.  Supporting this, evidence from modern literature is presented here.

Results.  Estrus discussed as a fresh topic.

Conclusion.  Authors concluded that all modern research results, though limited, are in support of the oldest writing about human estrus. Skandhan KP, Rajahariprasad A, and Sumangala B. Support for human estrus: Documentation in ayurveda. J Sex Med 2012;9:322–325.