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Historical week for the medicalization of gender-confused children.


US Health Department & President Biden announced that puberty blockers are safe and recommending medical professionals to instantly affirm socially and medically with children as young as 14 countrywide. The leading hubs for medical transing? Florida and Texas have been conducting surgery on gender-confused kids as young as 11.


The frightening part of this declaration is the surgery side of transitioning children. Some doctors have been conducting surgery on children but until last week? It was a grey area, now is a green Go Go Go!


To recap the facts (studies and explanations to follow)


Medically transitioning children does not cure anything; the US gov says it does. Medical transition causes significant health issues; the US Gov says it's safe and reversible. Medical transition causes kids' to be more mentally ill after the completion of medical transition than before medical transition, the US GOV says it's a miracle cure


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-The Heritage Report by Jay Greene corroborates what the international evidence is also saying --> which is that the evidence base shows the benefits of affirmative care DO NOT outweigh the risks. 1) Based on Swedish data: Branstrom major correction issued in 2020 (which was not publicized, although the original study published in 2019 which was wrong was widely trumpeted): the results actually demonstrated NO advantage of surgery in relation to subsequent mood or anxiety disorder-related health care visits or prescriptions or hospitalizations following suicide attempts in that comparison. Swedish study data Link 2) Sweden - based on a systematic review of the evidence, this spring has banned all medicalization of youth under 18 except in research settings AND prioritizes neutral therapy.

In light of above limitations in the evidence base, the ongoing identity formation in youth, and in view of the fact that gender transition has pervasive and lifelong consequences, [SWEDEN] has concluded that, at present, the risks of hormonal interventions for gender dysphoric youth outweigh the potential benefits. Study


3) Also in Sweden, the main children's hospital there (Karolinska) is investigating itself for harm caused to children put on puberty blockers due to at least several young teens developing osteopenia, which is basically early-onset osteoporosis. This investigation is due to a major documentary called Trans Train put out by an independent journalist who recently won the equivalent of the Swedish Pulitzer Prize. Karolinski Investigation 4) Finland - based on a systematic review, since 2020 has discouraged medicalization of youth under age 25 AND has rejected all surgeries under age 18 AND encourages neutral therapy

The 2020 Finnish guidelines represent a strong signal that the pioneers of pediatric medical transition are concerned about unintended harm to the growing number of gender dysphoric adolescents presenting for care. https://www.segm.org/Finland_deviates_from_WPATH_prioritizing_psychotherapy_no_surgery_for_minors 5) Because of detransitioner Keira Bell, the UK has commissioned an unbiased independent review by Hillary Cass, called the Cass Report - the interim report recently was released. Of note, the Report says: "There is lack of consensus and open discussion about the nature of gender dysphoria and therefore about the appropriate clinical response. " The Report also notes there are many ways into and out of gender dysphoria. For instance, causes of GD include questioning sexual orientation, trauma, and autism, and ways out include accepting one's homosexuality and neutral therapy. Case Facts 6) UK - the Cass Report also had the UK do systematic reviews of both puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones.


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For PBs: The reviewers cautioned that all the studies evaluated had results of “very low” certainty, and were subject to bias and confounding.

For CSH: potential benefits are of very low certainty and “must be weighed against the largely unknown long-term safety profile of these treatments.” Study 7) Also in the UK, Dr. Michael Biggs used Tavistock (the UK"s main youth gender clinic) data to research suicide rates of gender dysphoric youth.

The suicide rate is indeed higher than in the general population BUT much lower than implied by surveys

However, this greater risk is not necessarily attributable to transgender identity. Adolescents referred to the GIDS differ in many other ways from their peers of the same age: they are more likely to suffer from depression and to be on the autism spectrum, for example. These conditions increase the risk of suicide. Another recent study revealed that while trans-identifying adolescents' suicidality (including thoughts and behaviors, but excluding completed suicides) is markedly higher than that found in the general population of youth, it is only somewhat higher than in youth referred to mental health services for non-gender-related concerns. Study


Study. Transgender individuals are more likely to commit suicide after completion of medical transition- seven to ten years after


Thank you to Maria our Canadian powerhouse of studies for putting this together. The medical study's I have on the tip of my tongue instantly? It's because of Maria, 2.3 years of Maria!


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‘I literally lost organs:’ Why detransitioned teens regret changing genders

At 12 years old, Chloe Cole decided she was transgender. At 13, she was put on puberty blockers and prescribed testosterone. At 15, she underwent a double mastectomy. Less than a year later, she realized she'd made a mistake.
 

“I was failed by the system. I literally lost organs.”

When Chloe was 12 years old, she decided she was transgender. At 13, she came out to her parents. That same year, she was put on puberty blockers and prescribed testosterone. At 15, she underwent a double mastectomy. Less than a year later, she realized she’d made a mistake — all by the time she was 16 years old.


Now 17, Chloe is one of a growing cohort called “detransitioners” — those who seek to reverse a gender transition, often after realizing they actually do identify with their biological sex. Tragically, many will struggle for the rest of their lives with the irreversible medical consequences of a decision they made as minors.

“I can’t stay quiet,” said Chloe. “I need to do something about this and to share my own cautionary tale.”

• • •

In recent years, the number of children experiencing gender dysphoria in the West has skyrocketed. Exact figures are difficult to come by, but, between 2009 and 2019, children being referred for transitioning treatment in the United Kingdom increased 1,000% among biological males and 4,400% among biological females. Meanwhile, the number of young people identifying as transgender in the US has almost doubled since 2017, according to a new Centers for Disease Control & Prevention report.

Historically, transitioning from male to female was vastly more common, with this cohort typically experiencing persistent gender dysphoria from a very young age. Recently, however, the status quo has reversed, and female-to-male transitions have become the overwhelming majority.


Dr. Lisa Littman, a former professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown University, coined the term “rapid onset gender dysphoria” to describe this subset of transgender youth, typically biological females who become suddenly dysphoric during or shortly after puberty. Littman believes this may be due to adolescent girls’ susceptibility to peer influence on social media.


Helena Kerschner, a 23-year-old detransitioner from Cincinnati, Ohio, who was born a biological female, first felt gender dysphoric at age 14. She says Tumblr sites filled with transgender activist content spurred her transition.

 
“I can’t stay quiet,” said Cole, as a boy and today as a girl. “I need to do something about this and to share my own cautionary tale.”
 

“I can’t stay quiet,” said Cole, as a boy and today as a girl. “I need to do something about this and to share my own cautionary tale.”


Helena Kerschner, a 23-year-old detransitioner from Cincinnati, Ohio, who was born a biological female, first felt gender dysphoric at age 14. She says Tumblr sites filled with transgender activist content spurred her transition.

“I was going through a period where I was just really isolated at school, so I turned to the Internet,” she recalled. In her real life, Kerschner had a falling out with friends at school; online however, she found a community that welcomed her. “My dysphoria was definitely triggered by this online community. I never thought about my gender or had a problem with being a girl before going on Tumblr.”

“There was a lot of negativity around being a cis, heterosexual, white girl, and I took those messages really, really personally.” Helena Kerschner, on how the online trans community made her feel pressured to change gender

She said she felt political pressure to transition, too. “The community was very social justice-y. There was a lot of negativity around being a cis, heterosexual, white girl, and I took those messages really, really personally.”

Chloe Cole, a 17-year-old student in California, had a similar experience when she joined Instagram at 11. “I started being exposed to a lot of LGBT content and activism,” she said. “I saw how trans people online got an overwhelming amount of support, and the amount of praise they were getting really spoke to me because, at the time, I didn’t really have a lot of friends of my own.”

 
Helena Kerschner, now 23, is part of a growing number of “detransitioners,” returning to the gender of their birth. She said her male transition (left) was “definitely triggered” by trans activists online. Courtesy of Helena Kerschner
 

Experts worry that many young people seeking to transition are doing so without a proper mental-health evaluation. Among them is Dr. Erica Anderson, a clinical psychologist specializing in gender, sexuality and identity. A transgender woman herself, Anderson has helped hundreds of young people navigate the transition journey over the past 30 years. Anderson supports the methodical, milestone-filled process lasting anywhere from a few months to several years to undergo transition. Today, however, she’s worried that some young people are being medicalized without the proper restraint or oversight.

“I’m concerned that the rise of detransitioners is reflective of some young people who have progressed through their gender journey very, very quickly,” she said. She worries that some doctors may be defaulting to medicalization as a remedy for other personal or mental-health factors. “When other issues important to a child are not fully addressed [before transition], then medical professionals are failing children.”

“I’m concerned that the rise of detransitioners is reflective of some young people who have progressed through their gender journey very, very quickly.” Dr. Erica Anderson, a clinical psychologist specializing in gender, sexuality and identity, who is herself transgender.

According to an online survey of detransitioners conducted by Dr. Lisa Littman last year, 40% said their gender dysphoria was caused by a mental-health condition and 62% felt medical professionals did not investigate whether trauma was a factor in their transition decisions.





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“My dysphoria collided with my general depression issues and body image issues,” Helena recalled. “I just came to the conclusion that I was born in the wrong body and that all my problems in life would be solved if I transitioned.”


 
Dr. Erica Anderson said she is worried that some young people are being medicalized without the proper restraint r oversight.
 

Chloe had a similar experience. “Because my body didn’t match beauty ideals, I started to wonder if there was something wrong with me. I thought I wasn’t pretty enough to be a girl, so I’d be better off as a boy. Deep inside, I wanted to be pretty all along, but that’s something I kept suppressed.”


She agrees with Dr. Anderson that more psychological evaluation is needed to determine whether underlying mental health issues might be influencing the desire to transition.

“More attention needs to be paid to psychotherapy,” Chloe said. “We’re immediately jumping into irreversible medical treatments when we could be focusing on empowering these children to not hate their bodies.”

• • •

Until 2019, Marcus Evans was the Clinical Director of Adult and Adolescent Services at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, a publicly funded mental-health center in the UK where many youth seek treatment for gender dysphoria. But he resigned three years ago over what he viewed as the unnecessary medicalization of dysphoric adolescents.

 
Marcus Evans (above) resigned as the head of a trust where many UK youths seek treatment for gender dysphoria, because he worried that children were “being fast-tracked onto medical solutions for psychological problems.” Courtesy of Marcus Evans
 

“I saw children being fast-tracked onto medical solutions for psychological problems, and when kids get on the medical conveyor belt, they don’t get off,” Evans said. “But the politicization of the issue was shutting down proper clinical rigor. That meant quite vulnerable kids were in danger of being put on a medical path for treatment that they may well regret.”


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Indeed, transitions are getting younger and hastier. Puberty blockers are commonly administered at the first sign of development to children as young as 9, according to the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Testosterone and estrogen injections are frequently prescribed at age 13 or 14, despite the Endocrine Society’s recommendation of 16. And serious surgeries like mastectomies are sometimes performed on children as young as 13.

“Quite vulnerable kids were in danger of being put on a medical path for treatment that they may well regret.” Marcus Evans, former Clinical Director of Adult and Adolescent Services at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust

Although medical intervention for minors requires parental consent, many mothers and fathers approve surgery and hormone therapy at the recommendation of affirming medical professionals or even out of fear their child might self-harm if denied treatment.

“It’s very hard for parents to know exactly how to evaluate their own kids, and they rely quite heavily on experts to tell them,” said Jane Wheeler, a former regulatory health-care attorney who founded Rethink Identity Medicine Ethics, a non-profit that promotes ethical, evidence-based care and treatment for dysphoric children. “There’s obviously a lot of concern about the capacity for the adolescent or minor to fully appreciate what medicalization really means.”

 
Helena Kerschner at 15 (left) and 19 (right) before she decided to destransition. Courtesy of Helena Kerschner
 

Medical professionals typically follow the affirmative-care model, which is supported by the American Psychological Association, validating a patient’s expressed gender identity regardless of their age. As a result, detransitioners frequently report that getting prescriptions is a breeze. A total of 55% said their medical evaluations felt inadequate, according to Dr. Littman’s survey.


In Helena’s case, all it took to get a testosterone prescription was one trip to Planned Parenthood when she was 18. She said she was given four times the typical starting dose by a nurse practitioner in less than an hour, without ever seeing a doctor.

Chloe said she was fast-tracked through her entire transition — from blockers to a mastectomy — in just two years, with parental consent. The only pushback she said she encountered came from the first endocrinologist she saw, who agreed to prescribe her puberty blockers but not testosterone when she was 13. But she said she went to another doctor who gave her the prescription with no trouble.

‘I saw how trans people online got an overwhelming amount of support . . . at the time, I didn’t really have a lot of friends.’ Detransitioner Chloe Cole, 17

“Because all the therapists and specialists followed the affirmative care model, there wasn’t a lot of gate-keeping throughout the whole transition process,” she recalled. “The professionals all seemed to push medical transition, so I thought it was the only path for me to be happy.”


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Evans, the author of “Gender Dysphoria: A Therapeutic Model for Working with Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults,” now runs his own private practice with his wife in Beckenham, England, where he helps parents struggling with how to address their children’s dysphoria.


A variety of studies suggest that as many as 80% of dysphoric children could ultimately experience “desistance”— or coming to terms with their biological gender without resorting to transition. Which is why many professionals like Evans think it’s wise to hold off on potentially irreversible medical intervention for as long as possible. “I’m not against transition. I just don’t think kids can give informed consent.”

 
Kerschner at 19 (left) and today, at 23, said she first felt gender dysphoric at age 14 after Tumblr sites filled with transgender activist content spurred her transition. Courtesy of Helena Kerschner
 

All these treatments run the risk of side effects that critics argue are too serious for children to fully understand. In the short term, puberty blockers can stunt growth and effect bone density, while the long-term effects are still unknown since they were only approved by the FDA in 1993. Side effects of testosterone include high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, blood clots and even infertility. Currently just three states — Arkansas, Arizona and Texas — have policies limiting gender-affirming treatments for minors, including surgery, hormones and speech therapy.


For those who ultimately end up regretting their transition, the consequences of hormone therapy and surgery can be devastating. For Helena, testosterone caused emotional instability that culminated with two hospitalizations for self-harm.


While in the hospital she came to the realization that her transition was a mistake. “I saw a montage of photos of me, and when I saw how much my face changed and how unhappy I looked, I realized this was all f****d up and I shouldn’t have done it. It was a really dark time.”


Chloe said testosterone altered her bone structure, permanently sharpening her jawline and broadening her shoulders. She said she also struggles with increased body and facial hair. She has a large scar across her chest from her mastectomy, which disturbed her about surgery. “The recovery was a very graphic process, and it was definitely something I wasn’t prepared for,” she said. “I couldn’t even bear to look at myself sometimes. It would make me nauseous.”

 
https://nypost.com/2022/06/18/detransitioned-teens-explain-why-they-regret-changing-genders/#:~:text=Cole%20said%20her,of%20Chloe%20Cole

 

Gravest of all concerns is her fertility. Although she’d like to have children one day, Chloe doesn’t know whether the viability of her eggs was compromised by years of testosterone injections. She’s working with doctors to find out, and her medical future is uncertain. “I’m still in the dark about the overall picture of my health right now,” she said.

• • •

The subject of detransitioning is often met with vitriol from the transgender activist community, which claims that stories like Chloe’s and Helena’s will be used to discredit the trans movement as a whole.


This is understandable, although unlikely, as research reveals that up to 86% of trans adults feel that transitioning was the right long-term decision for them. But, as more and more children are entrusted to make serious medical decisions with permanent implications, the numbers of disaffected detransitioners is almost certain to grow.


That’s why Dr. Anderson feels compelled to speak out on their behalf, as a transgender woman herself. “Some of my colleagues are worried that conversation about detransitioners is going to be more cannon fodder in the culture wars, but my concern is that if we don’t address these problems, there will be even more ammunition to criticize the appropriate work that I and other colleagues are doing.”


And, like Anderson, these young people — who will forever live with the consequences of hasty transition — refuse to be silenced. “I want my voice to be heard,” said Chloe. “I don’t want history to repeat itself. I can’t let this happen to other kids.”

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Heartbreaking. Absolutely heartbreaking to watch the government take away our parental rights once our children are 14. Wake up people!! It’s not too late! But we must act quickly. 💔

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Jun 19, 2022

I know plenty of woman who thought they never wanted kids, change their mind in their late 30’s. How can a child possibly give “informed consent“ to becoming sterile. It seems very dark that the US government is promoting this.

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Jun 18, 2022

The so called trans movement is not. The young body is not trans into anything. You cannot do better than mother nature. You will not have more friends, because the ones you see posting on Instagram are paid propagandists. Fueled with influence and money from the Big Pharma they are not to be trusteed with your body. Big Pharma and the doctors doing the American heartless money grab,sacraficing your youth and future.Messing with your hormones and cutting off your breasts, will not make you a boy. Your brain is not ready yet before 25 years old. Better wait until that time. In the meantime you should start your own support group with the likeminded youth.

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