Convicted pedophiles in Kazakhstan are facing chemical castration after the government provided funding for some 2000 injections.
One man from the Turkestan region will receive the first injection in a process supervised by the health ministry, following the $37,000 allocation from Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
“At the moment there has been one request for chemical castration in accordance with a court ruling,” Deputy health minister Lyazat Aktayeva said.
“Funds have been allocated for more than 2000 injections,” Ms Aktayeva said.
The procedure involves using chemicals to deactivate the testes and reduce libido and therefore sexual activity.
Kazakhstan officials will use Cyproterone, a steroidal anti-androgen developed for fighting cancer.
Unlike surgical castration, chemical castration does not remove organs, nor is it a form of sterilization.
Senator Byrganym Aitimova initially stated that castration would be “temporary”, consisting of a “one-time injection”, describing it as a necessity to prevent a man from committing sexual violence.
Prison sentences for child sex crimes in Kazakhstan can reach up to 20 years and convicted pedophiles who undergo the chemical castration could get shorter prison sentences for submitting to the procedure.
Kazakhstan is not the only country in the world to implement this practice to punish convicted pedophiles. Poland, South Korea, and Indonesia, all use the procedure as well.
Related: What’s it like to be castrated?
Many men and women are castrated every day.
Women have their ovaries removed. This would best be answered by a woman since they are thrown into sudden menopause.
Men have their testicles removed. The procedure is not complicated or long. It is normally done in a hospital as an outpatient. You go home as soon as you wake up.
Most men that have it done for prostate cancer, chronic testicular pain after a vasectomy, or injury.
You feel the same as before the operation except once you have ejaculated out all of the remaining sperm in your tubes and prostate, you are sterile.
At first you want to masturbate more than before castration. It seems to be driven by an anxiety that you will not be able to have an erection.
Six to twelve weeks after castration you stop having a sex drive and erections.
Four to six months after castration you start having hot flashes and night sweats. You have trouble sleeping. You have extreme exhaustion no matter how much rest you get. You lose upper body strength.
At about one year it is apparent that your flaccid penis has started to shrink. Your scrotum has shrunk.