What is castration ?
Castration is a procedure of removing male testes where testosterone (the male sex hormone) is produced.
Castration is used to cause sterility, reduce sexual desire and inhibit the development of secondary sex characteristics if done prior to puberty. Accordingly, castration will result in:
- Avoice that doesn’t change or deepen
- Less muscular frame
- Underdeveloped genitalia
- Lack of body hair
During war time, castration is used as a form torture, self-mutilation, punishment or deterrent to sex crimes. Sometimes, castration is employed as a part of treatment or preventionof certain medical condition like testicular cancer or prostate cancer.
People usually wonder about sexual desire of the man after he underwent an castration. At first, he would still have a sexual urge. However, over the time, without testosterone produced, his libido or sexual desire will decreased significantly. To revive this desire, medications can help. Study has already proved that with increased stimulation, a castrated man can actually get an erection, have sex, and orgasm (although there is just a small amount of semen with no sperm).
Types of castration
There are several different castration procedures.
Chemical castration does not involve physical removal of the testicles. It just employs anti-androgen drugs injected to the person over a multi-week treatment. With anti-androgen in the body, which leads to lower levels of male hormones, that person would experience a decrease in sex drive, arousal and sexual thoughts. If the treatment is discontinued, testosterone and sperm production may resume.
In surgical castration, the vas deferens duct is pulled out through an incision in the scrotum until the testicle is completely exposed. Then the surgeon will knot the vas deferens and cut it, then remove the testicle. The remaining part of the vas deferens is placed back into the scrotum. Next, stitches are made to close the incision. This procedure is applied to the other testicle.
In this type of castration, the practioner uses a burdizzo (a pliers-like device) to crush the vas deferens as well as arteries to the testicles. Without blood supply, the testicle begins to die. Once it’s dead, the testicle is absorbed into the body and the man becomes sterile. Burdizzo castration is a really painful procedure that for the first few weeks, the person has to take pain killers. The risk is also greater as the vas deferns is possibly not completely crushed, causing nerve damage. Burdizzo castration is usually used by ranchers and not used medically.
Banding and cutting
This type of castration is dangerous and is not used medically. During the prosedure, a very tight elastic band is placed around the top of the scrotum and then the area under the band is cut off, including testicles and scrotum. The risk is profuse bleeding caused by imprecise cutting. Once happens, it requires urgen medical attention.
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Review Date: October 16, 2017 | Last Modified: September 11, 2019