Should You Cut Your Testicles Off to Live Longer?

And in a fantastic example of Betteridge’s Law, Psychology Today offers up this ballsy headline:

Should You Cut Your Testicles Off to Live Longer? | Psychology Today.

The maxim known as Betteridge’s Law states that “Any headline asking a question can generally be answered by the word ‘No'”. But before we jump too hastily to conclusions, consider this:

Genetic studies […] with mice show that having a diminished growth hormone production (or reception) seems to increase longevity. Having stunted growth increases longevity.

Not convinced? Let’s look at some research.

The Cumming Manuscript Collection of the New York Academy of Medicine Library contains more than 1200 references, abstracts, and documents concerning the early history of human castration. (italics added)

While some observations showed evidence that castrated men tended to die earlier, other evidence shows that given the proper circumstances, it has quite the opposite effect.

[D]uring Chosun Dynasty between 14th to early 20th centuries Korean eunuchs lived 14 to 19 years longer than other (intact) men. Researchers were able to identify 81 eunuchs, who were castrated as boys, and determined that they lived to an average age of 70, significantly longer than other men of similar social status. Three of the eunuchs lived to 100. This is a centenarian rate that’s far higher than would be expected today.

I’ll let you go read the article, because it’s longer and fairly well written (if that sort of ting interests you). I’ll leave you with this, which may be of interest to more of the typical readers of this blog:

George Davey Smith from Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol, England, and his colleagues interviewed nearly 1,000 men in six small villages about their sexual frequency, then followed up on their death records ten years later. The authors determined that men who had two or more orgasms a week had died at a rate half that of the men who had orgasms less than once a month. And importantly there was a dose effect, where the more times these men had orgasms the longer they lived. (italics added)



I don’t really want to think about having my own testicles removed, but apparently it’s not off the table for other people.


About Tom Allen

The Grey Geezer Dauntless defender of, um, something that needed dauntless defending. Dammit, I can't read this script without my glasses. Hey, you kids, get off my damn lawn!
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4 Responses to Should You Cut Your Testicles Off to Live Longer?

  1. Scot S says:

    “The Cumming Manuscript Collection”, that’s an interesting name for a study about castration.

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  2. Very interesting post and associated article link.

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  3. Jz says:

    And yet, there are women cutting off their breasts in hopes of doing just that…
    Granted, a genetic marker for breast cancer may be a more compelling reason than these somewhat inconclusive studies, however…

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  4. hmp says:

    Hi Tom:

    Castration leads to longevity? In that case I think there is something to be said for quality over quantity! As for more orgasms leading to a longer life I must make it a point to discuss that with Her Majesty! 🙂



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