Chemical Castration

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Chemical castration is a procedure wherein medications are administered to reduce testosterone levels.

The recent surge in rape cases has reiterated a fresh demand for introduction of chemical castration for rapists in India. Besides, even some wives are requesting it for their husbands to reduce their libido! What is chemical castration? When and how is it done? What are the pros and cons of doing chemical castration in sexual offenders? Read on to understand more on this issue.

Chemical Castration

Castration in males is a procedure by which the person loses the function of his testes, thereby resulting in loss of libido and infertility. In ancient India, castration was done on strong males to convert them into eunuchs, who were then posted to guard women’s quarters. Sexual offenders have been granted the punishment of castration in some countries.

Castration is done through two different procedures: In surgical castration, the testes are surgically removed. Thus, the effects of this type of castration are permanent. In medical or chemical castration, drugs are administered at regular intervals to reduce the levels of testosterone in the body, thereby reducing sexual drive and resulting in infertility. Thus, though the words ‘chemical castration’ may sound very scary, the actual procedure involves only administration of some medication to a person.

Though chemical castration has been adopted for sexual offenders including pedophiles in several states of USA and some European countries, it still remains a debatable issue in India. The first case of chemical castration in Asia was recently approved by a South Korean court, while other countries including Malaysia are pushing for the same punishment.

Castration has not only been done as a form of punishment or ritual, it also has a role in therapy. Chemical castration is commonly done for advanced prostate cancer, to keep the growth of the cancer cells in check.

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I am 80 years old. I have had since 2010 4 TURP operations resulting in a further 3 bladder neck operations. My prostate [BPH] is strangling my urethra again. If I live that long I can look forward to many such operations being needed. Multi visits to the toilet over night, dribble, delays and week flow. Is testosterone the reason for the growth of my Prostate, if so can I seek chemical or even surgical castration. Surely without testosterone the Prostate cannot grow. I think I would like to start a course of chemical castration treatment even if only to ascertain it reducing the Benign Prostate. It may not be permanent? David

In the USA, I doubt if a doctor would agree unless you probably knew the doctor personally. However, I am a healthy male who decided to chemically castrate myself 7 years ago. I am happy with my decision. I would physically castrate but I love my large testicles. However, I personally a male should physically be castrated at the latest at age 40 and preferably between 30 and 35. He should be chemically castrated in the teen years and continue until physical castration.

Very interesting. A part from the criminals there are plenty of married or single men, who contemplate chemical castration to lower theirs libidos and there fore theirs sexual frustrations. I wonder if there are differences for theirs effectiveness and also theirs side effects, between the different drugs used for chemical castration. Which one would be more cost effective? Is it possible that after many years that a man may never produce testosterone again when he stops chemical castration? If so how long can he use it before he reaches the point of no return? Is there a difference in effects and side effects between chemical and physical castration? If everything goes well and the man is comfortable with his chemical castration, how long should a man wait before considering physical castration? Would doctors agree to to remove healthy testicles following an extended time on chemical castration? I'd appreciate some answers. Thank

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