Eunuchs: The past and the present

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Ad Honorem
Dec 2015
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Florania
Eunuchs or castrated men in general have existed for a long time.
With the experiences of castrating male domestic animals, certain expertise was acquired.
The purpose of eunuchs was to provide the courts with reliable servants;
due to their lack of offspring and sex drive, they were considered safer than intact males.

Today, some men have undergone bilateral orichiectomy or even penectomy due to medical conditions.
They are contemporary eunuchs in some senses.
Today, they may get hormone supplements.

India today retains the "third sex", or Hijra; some of them are eunuchs.

While today's "eunuchs" mostly experienced orichiectomy or penectomy due to medical reasons,
they are physically similar to historical eunuchs physiologically.

What are the physiological differences between eunuchs and intact males?
Do eunuchs function differently today?
How may current hormone therapy help? What can happen if they do not receive medical treatments?
 
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Ad Honoris
May 2014
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SoCal
Today, some men have undergone bilateral orichiectomy or even penectomy due to medical conditions.
They are contemporary eunuchs in some senses.
Today, they may get hormone supplements.
Some men also become eunuchs because they experience a certain type of gender dysphoria where they are displeased with their male anatomy but don't actually want to be female:

A Rare Case of Male‐to‐Eunuch Gender Dysphoria
 
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In old Imperial China, and in Imperial Turkey, the reigning emperors had large harems of wives and concubines, sometimes numbering in the hundreds. It was extremely important to them to ensure that any impregnations or births in the harem were brought about by the emperor himself, and not by any furtive assignation that a female harem member might have with a male servant. And so the only male servants allowed to attend the harem were eunuchs.
 
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