Some men seek castration outside a clear medical need. This study explored how their sexuality changed after castration.
To explore changes in preferred gender(s) of sexual attraction, fantasy, and relationships in voluntarily castrated men with or without gonadal hormone therapy.
A questionnaire was posted at http://www.eunuch.org that yielded data on men who had been voluntarily castrated physically (n = 198) or chemically (n = 96).
Main Outcome Measures
Respondents were asked to report retrospectively on their sexuality, including their sexual activity and which gender(s) they were sexually attracted to, fantasized about, or had sexual relations with 6 months to 1 year before and after castration.
A substantial proportion of men remained sexually active after castration; 37% had sex at least several times per week. Most respondents did not report a change in preferred gender(s) of attraction (65%, n = 181), fantasies (62%, n = 169), or sexual relationships (66%, n = 163), although approximately 20% to 30% of respondents did report such changes and 8% to 11% became non-sexual after castration. Respondents who were attracted to and fantasized about “only men” or who had sexual relationship with “only women” before castration were the least likely to report a change subsequent to castration. Respondents who were taking neither supplemental testosterone nor estrogen were more likely to report (i) becoming attracted to no one, (ii) fantasizing about no one, and (iii) becoming sexually inactive.
Sexual changes in voluntarily castrated men vary and can be influenced by various factors including the use of supplemental testosterone or estrogen therapy.
|Current frequency of sexual activity||Respondents, n||Average age at castration (y)||Average current age (y)|
|Several times per day||13||39.7||50.5|
|Several times per week||52||40.3||46.7|
|Once a week or less||99||43.6||48.6|
|Never or almost never||68||47.4∗||53.9∗|
∗P < 0.05; significantly different from all other groups in the same column.
|Preferred gender(s) before castration||Total||Change||No change||Change to non-sexual|
|Equally men and women||31||16∗||13||2|
|Mixture of men, women, eunuchs, and others||24||5||17||2|
|Total, n (%)||279 (100)||76 (27.2)||181 (64.9)||22 (7.9)|
|χ216,279 = 39.0, P < 0.05|
|Equally men and women||29||11||17||1|
|Mixture of men, women, eunuchs, and others||33||9||21||3|
|Total, n (%)||272 (100)||82 (30.1)||169 (62.1)||21 (7.7)|
|χ216,272 = 29.0, P < 0.05|
|Equally men and women||28||10||11||7|
|Mixture of men, women, eunuchs, and others||21||6||15||0|
|Total, n (%)||233 (100)||57 (24.5)||163 (70.0)||13 (5.6)|
|χ214,233 = 66.9, P < 0.05|
∗P < 0.001; significantly different from the expected frequencies.
Full article at: http://goo.gl/oI6qwc
By: Ariel B. Handy, BA,1 Robyn A. Jackowich, BA,2 Erik Wibowo, PhD,3 Thomas Wayne Johnson, PhD,4 and Richard J. Wassersug, PhD5,6,∗
1Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2Department of Psychology, Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada
3Vancouver Prostate Centre, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, Vancouver, BC, Canada
4Department of Anthropology (Emeritus), California State University–Chico, Chico, CA, USA
5Department of Medical Neuroscience, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada
6Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
∗Corresponding Author: Richard J. Wassersug, PhD, Level 6, Gordon & Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre, 2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1M9, Canada. Tel: 604-875-4111, ext. 62338Level 6, Gordon & Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre2775 Laurel StreetVancouverBCV5Z 1M9Canada
Sex Med. 2016 Mar; 4(1): e51–e59. Published online 2016 Mar 2. doi: 10.1016/j.esxm.2015.11.001
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