Have militaries in the world ever really used sexual suppressants on their troops and do some of them continue to do so?

There have been rumors for decades about the use of potassium nitrate (saltpetre) as a sexual desire inhibitor.

There are two primary problems with this theory. First (and most importantly) humans have been using it as a food preservative for centuries. If it really worked in such a way, we would expect to see a decrease in reproduction rates amongst the populations that ate such food (including corned beef and salted pork products such as ham), and that does not seem to have happened.

Second, potassium nitrate has been used to decrease blood pressure, and it apparently does so as a side effect of the nitrate group. Nitroglycerin is used for this express purpose in emergency medicine settings (sublingual nitroglycerin will, among other things, dilate coronary arteries possibly temporarily staving off the damage done by one partially blocked by atherosclerotic plaques). One of the physiological effects of excess NO (Nitrous Oxide, one of the end products of nitrate ingestion) is to also increase blood flow to the male genitalia, which would actually be the opposite effect intended.

Before I went in, my former Army stepfather made sure to give me two pieces of advice.

One is relevant to the question lol.

His advice: “Don’t eat the eggs.”

Apparently, aside from the “peanut butter shot” [which hurt like a mofo by the way – I think they stopped doing it now]…

U.S military was rumored to be putting salt peter aka Potassium Nitrate in the scrambled eggs for like forever. It is a food preservation chemical that is also an anaphrodiesiac – the opposite of an aphrodisiac.

No one knows for sure if they actually did use it.

Potassium nitrate – Wikipedia

The eggs were delicious though LOL.

About 18 years ago, I was a reserve officer in Turkish Army. I was a supplier officer, so we were taught about how the food was procured, cooked etc. One of my friends at the class ask one of the teachers about that, as far as I remember he was a Captain. He answered: “Do you know how much it cost? We will give you so much exercise that you will hardly find strength for that. The soldiers when they find out that they no longer have morning boner, accuse us putting that, but it is just a myth. You will find yourself that we are not buying such stuff, as it will be a part of your duty.”

Another teacher told us to keep the soldiers always busy, otherwise they will get in trouble, or put us (officers) in trouble. Fortunately as I am a computer engineer, I never had any soldier in my command, but worked in Ministry of Defense, and it was a way different experience.

The “Peanut Butter Shot” received at the beginning of boot camp, which they tell you is a large dose of penicillin, supposedly contains a testosterone suppressant meant to make it so you don’t have the urge to masturbate while at boot camp. My morning wood nearly every day at boot camp however, would tend to disagree.

In Basic Training, back in 1967, rumor control said that saltpeter was put in our food to make everybody impotent. For years I believed this to be true.

It turns out that it was not true. Even if it was, saltpeter has never been proven to be a boner suppressant.

For gosh sakes, being yelled at and constantly being belittled every waking hour was not a boner enhancer. It was kind of like being married to a fish wife for twenty or so years; you just could not get it up.’

After Basic! Now, that was a different story. It was like magic.

In Polish Army Potassium bromide was use to suppress sexual drive – at least so says wikipedia and street wisdom 😉