chemical castration


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func·tion·al cas·tra·tion

gonadal atrophy produced by prolonged treatment with sex hormones or gonadotropin-releasing hormone superagonists or antagonists.
Synonym(s): chemical castration
The treatment of men with paraphilia with methoxyprogesterone acetate, which inhibits gonadotropin secretion, thereby reducing sexual drives

chemical castration

Pharmacologic castration Public health The treatment of ♂ with paraphilia with methoxyprogesterone acetate, which inhibits gonadotropin secretion. See Chemical castration, Megan's law, Pedophilia.

chemical castration

Producing the hormonal effect of castration by means of drugs that block androgen or oestrogen receptors or inhibit the production of natural sex hormones. The term is more often used in a legal than in a medical context.
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Chemical castration would involve injecting convicted paedophiles with a female hormone in the hope "his sexual desire will vanish", he said.
The Parliament of Kyrgyzstan failed to override the presidential objections to the bill on chemical castration of pedophiles on November 28, 2013.
Chemical castration is performed through injection or tablets to remove sexual interest and make it impossible for a person to perform sexual acts.
According to Gulf News, chemical castration is performed through injection or tablets to remove sexual interest and make it impossible for a person to perform sexual acts.
Chemical castration for paedophiles has already been approved by governments in Poland, Russia and South Korea.
He was convicted of gross indecency because of his homosexuality in 1952 and underwent chemical castration as an alternative to imprisonment.
NEW DELHI, May 02, 2011 (Frontier Star): In an observation that is bound to spark a debate, a trial court in India on Saturday advocated the use of chemical castration as an alternative to a jail term for rapists.
In September, Prime Minister Gordon Brown wrote in The Daily Telegraph that he was "deeply sorry" for his nation's treatment of Alan Turing, a gay code-breaker during World War II who was pressured to undergo a chemical castration by government officials after the war.
France is considering forcing some sex offenders to undergo chemical castration, but the physical castration the man asked for is banned, French media reported on Saturday.
Summary: Poland has approved a law making chemical castration mandatory for paedophiles in some cases, sparking criticism from human rights groups.
Despite this, SSRIs may be the best available form of treatment as they appear to have fewer known adverse side effects than antiandrogens or other hormonal treatments which cause chemical castration.
Some politicians have also reopened the debate over whether chemical castration of sex offenders should be instituted.