If one day you wake up and find yourself with the thought: I'm thinking about cutting off my balls. Just remember, you're not alone. Apparently there are men out there who do. And like all good scientists do, they study it. And they report it. From the Journal of Sexual Medicine, the inquisitive mind learns that many men have extreme castration ideations. I personally have never met such a man. But these researchers have apparently been able to find enough of them to publish a study.
What they found was 731 individuals who responded to a survey posted on http://www.eunuch.org. They called those who responded "wannabes". Then they compared the responses of these "wannabes" with 92 men who were voluntarily castrated. Again, I've never met such a man, but apparently there are at least 92 of them out there.
What were the results? 20% of the wannabes were at "great risk" of genital mutilation. 19% have attempted self castration, but only 10% have sought medical assistance. I'm not going to debate the math but we are told at the end that physicians need to be aware of males who have strong desires for emasculation. I've got to admit, I'm not even sure how I would bring it up in conversation. Perhaps I should just come right out and say it.
"Have you ever felt like cutting off your balls?"
Now I just need to figure out whether to ask this during the HPI or during the physical exam.