Karolinska Institute in Sweden, is carrying out an ongoing study to try to lower testosterone levels in people who have a sexual attraction to children by testing the effect of chemical castration of pedophiles.
The preparation used in the study, Degarelix, is commonly used in the treatment of prostate cancer.
The use of the preparation in the study means that lower the testosterone level in the body and thus libido, writes Daily News.
High libido is considered one of the factors in pedophilia, but also reduced self ability and lack of empathy. All regulated by testosterone and the reduction of this hormone can have an effect.
Sexual abuse of children is a major social problem that has been difficult to overcome. A reasonable strategy is to those who have the problem of getting treatment to try out a risk-reducing treatment, says Christoffer Rahm, specialist in psychiatry at Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge to the Daily News.
The dose of the preparation takes 3-4 days before it can be effective, then the effect lasts about 3-4 months. So far, six people have participated, they themselves admitted that thoughts of sex has diminished or disappeared.
Treatment should not be seen as a cure, but rather as a suppression of the risk factors behind pedophilia.