Androgen deprivation treatment of sexual behavior

Frederick W. Houts, Inna Taller, Douglas E. Tucker, Fred S. Berlin

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists are underutilized in patients seeking diminution of problematic sexual drives. This chapter reviews the literature on surgical castration of sex offenders, anti-androgen use and the rationale for providing androgen deprivation therapy, rather than selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or more conservative interventions, for patients with paraphilias and excessive sexual drive. Discussions of informed consent, side effects, contraindications and case examples are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSexual Dysfunction
Subtitle of host publicationBeyond the Brain-Body Connection
EditorsRichard Balon
Number of pages15
StatePublished - Dec 8 2011

Publication series

NameAdvances in Psychosomatic Medicine
ISSN (Print)0065-3268

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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