Growing Pains: Problems with Puberty Suppression in Treating Gender Dysphoria (USA)

It’s a difficult one for sure, but there are lots of treatments that are experimental. As long as the treatment is carried out in a proper manner and monitored, then things should be fine, but no one can analyse any data till there is any. When I took my first hrt pill on June 5th 1999, it felt good. I know that that one pill on its own won’t have changed anything per se, but it was a positive step in the right direction for me which made me feel positive for the future. These are kids taking these hormone blockers, so the monitoring will be high, as no health authority would want to risk bad publicity (that’s maybe the wrong word or meaning) that would result from any harm coming to children, at least that’s how I see it from the point of view of the NHS in England etc

Gender Identity Watch

In a recently published paper in The New Atlantis titled “Growing Pains: Problems with Puberty Suppression in Treating Gender Dysphoria,” authors Paul W. Hruz, Lawrence S. Mayer, and Paul R. McHugh argue that “the evidence for the safety and efficacy of puberty suppression is thin, based more on the subjective judgments of clinicians than on rigorous empirical evidence. It is, in this sense, still experimental — yet it is an experiment being conducted in an uncontrolled and unsystematic manner.”

According to the authors, “The claim that puberty-blocking treatments are fully reversible makes them appear less drastic, but this claim is not supported by scientific evidence. It remains unknown whether or not ordinary sex-typical puberty will resume following the suppression of puberty in patients with gender dysphoria. It is also unclear whether children would be able to develop normal reproductive functions if they were to withdraw from puberty suppression. It likewise remains unclear…

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