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Castration Procedure

Castration, also known as neutering or gonadectomy refers to the process by which an individual loses the use of his testes. The procedure can be performed both chemically as well as surgically. Though it was used mainly for punishment purposes, it is also used in the treatment of certain medical conditions. People who have undergone or need to undergo castration may have many questions about the process or its side effects. Given below are some of the commonly asked questions about castration that have been answered by different Experts.

Is it safe to perform castration using the Burdizzo clamp at home?

The Burdizzo castration method involves a lot of pain and blood loss and can impact the individual’s blood pressure. As a result, he may go into clinical shock and lose consciousness. There is also a risk of infection involved in the procedure. Hence, the individual will have to go to a medical professional who has the experience to perform the procedure properly.

Are there herbs that can help in castration?

There are no herbal castration techniques available. However, there are certain herbs like black cohosh, dong quai, chaste berry and saw palmetto that can lower testosterone levels to an extent.

What is chemical castration?

Chemical castration refers to the method of castrating an individual using drugs like Cyproterone and Depo Provera which kill the male sexual drive. This is a temporary procedure and can be reversed. It is usually performed on pedophiles and other compulsive sexual offenders.

What medical castration options does a Type 2 diabetic have?

A type 2 diabetic will have the following medical options for getting castrated:
• LHRH (luteinizing-hormone-releasing hormone) agonists like leuprolide, goserelin and buserelin
• Antiandrogens like flutamide, bicalutamide and megestrol.

All of these are prescription medicines and will not be available over the counter or online. The individual can speak to an endocrinologist who can administer the medications and monitor him.

Is it legal to castrate a mentally retarded person involuntarily?

It may be illegal to castrate a mentally retarded person without his consent. The individual’s consent may be taken for chemical castration where female hormones are injected to lower the sex drive. This will not prevent the individual from having sex but will reduce other sexual behaviors.

Where can transgender individuals find information about castration?

Transgender individuals can get information about castration from the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. Visiting their website can help the individual find a physician in the area required.

What are some of the after effects of castration and how can they be controlled?

Some of the common after effects of castration include:
• Increased body fat and deposition of fat around the hip
• Fatigue and slow metabolism
• Reduction in muscle mass
• Feminine appearance of arms
• Smoothening of body hair
• Decreased creation of testosterone
• Loss of libido
• Infertility
• Dry ejaculations

The testosterone levels can be monitored with the help of blood tests. If required, the low levels can be treated with the help of testosterone replacement therapy, application of a local gel, application of testosterone patch or an androgen pump.

What is the appropriate dosage of Depo Lupron to castrate someone?

Depo Lupron injection may be given every 3 to 6 months at a dose of 11.25 mg (milligrams) intramuscularly to castrate an individual.

What is a bilateral orchiectomy?

A bilateral orchiectomy is the way to block the testicles from producing testosterone. It is one of the simplest ways to castrate a person and is an outpatient procedure that is performed under local anesthesia. This procedure involves making a small incision in the front of the scrotum to remove the individual’s testicles. It helps to reduce the growth of the tumor and pain in case of a cancer by dropping the levels of testosterone rapidly.

Can castration prevent prostate cancer?

Castration may not prevent the occurrence of prostate cancer as it can be caused due to other factors as well. It is only performed in individuals who already have prostate cancer.

Whether to get castrated or not is an important decision that can change your life. Besides the physical changes, it can also have a great psychological impact on you as well as people who live with you. Hence, it is only natural for you to have different questions regarding the procedure, complications involved or its affect on your life. Not finding answers to your questions at the right time will further lead to frustration and confusion. Getting satisfactory answers will make it a little easier for you to make your decision and will prepare you for the changes that are to come. You should speak to an Expert at such times and get answers to any question that you may have about castration or its side effects.
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