A government-funded study endorsing sex-change drugs for children as young as 12 has been criticized by experts and activists.
The investigation, the largest of its kind, followed about 315 US adolescents with gender dysphoria who received puberty blockers or hormone therapy drugs.
Results from surveys conducted every six months for two years showed that patients reported significant improvements in happiness, confidence, and anxiety.
But Patrick Brown, a think tank member at the Center for Ethics and Public Policy, told DailyMail.com the two-year study period was too narrow a snapshot for young people to fully understand the impact the change could have on his life.
In the past few months, there have been a number of “detransmitters” who have come forward saying they regret taking hormone medications or having genital reconstruction surgery.
Patrick Brown (left), a fellow at the Center for Ethics and Public Policy, said two years is not long enough to decide whether hormone treatment helped these teens’ mental health. Dr Jay Richards (right), a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, said the study “tells us nothing.”
Mr Brown said: ‘Two years is too short a time to have a real evaluation of these kinds of interventions that have long-term consequences.
“It’s too early to say which participants might experience regret about something life-changing without fully understanding its costs.”
Hormone therapy is a general term for medications that increase the levels of hormones naturally created by a person of the opposite sex, giving the person the desired characteristics.
Trans men receive testosterone, while trans women receive striadol.
The latest research was led by the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
It was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).
A large part of the study group were between the ages of 14 and 18 when they began treatment.
The researchers report that 180 of them had previously received puberty blockers.
Participants received a checkup every six months for the first two years after they started hormone treatment, where they were given a mental health survey.
On average, the adolescents’ gender dysphoria symptoms had decreased and they felt that their appearance more closely matched the gender with which they identified.
Patients also reported that they were more satisfied with their lives after starting treatment.
During the study period, two participants committed suicide and two others suffered a severe anxiety attack.
Sinead Watson, from Glasgow, Scotland, lived as a man from the age of 23 and had a double mastectomy, but realized at 27 that she had made a terrible mistake and abandoned transition at 28. She spoke online social this week. on the widespread harassment of the transgender community he was leaving: “They sent me rape and death threats,” Watson posted, pictured earlier this year. They called me a horrible freak show.
The researchers also noted reduced rates of depression and anxiety symptoms during the study period.
“Our results provide a strong scientific basis that gender-affirming care is crucial to the psychological well-being of our patients,” study co-author Dr. Robert Garofalo said in a statement from Lurie Children’s.
Young people who regret trans procedures launch desperate GoFundMe offers to regain their birth sex
With $7,820 pledged from more than 100 donors, Prisha Mosley is more than halfway away from getting what it takes to pay for reconstruction of the breasts she now regrets having removed by a surgeon six years ago.
Like a growing number of money-strapped young people who regret their medical gender transitions, the Michigan student went online to raise money to help her become the woman she started.
There’s a long way to go for the 24-year-old from Big Rapids, who has broad, manly shoulders, narrow hips, a deep voice, and facial and body hair from testosterone injections she started at age 17.
‘Laser hair removal is very expensive. I’m sure the surgery will be expensive,” Mosley told DailyMail.com.
“Doctors only want to help when you change gender, not go backwards. They have no idea what to do with us. There is no standard of care. There is no little rule book that they can turn to.
Websites like GoFundMe and GiveSendDo have long been popular with struggling youth who are unhappy or uncomfortable with themselves and seeking money for opposite-sex hormones and surgical procedures needed to transition.
Many disagree with this conclusion, saying the study did not last long enough to make this determination.
Brown said: “There is a very real possibility that the main issue (with one’s gender and appearance) would have been resolved without intervention anyway,” he continued.
She also says that other types of care may also have helped these young children feel more satisfied with their lives, such as counseling or other changes in their lives.
Mr. Brown also noted that some young people who may not have been happy with their care would be less likely to participate in this type of study and would not participate in follow-up interviews.
Dr. Jay Richards, a senior fellow at the right-wing Heritage Foundation, also expressed concern that the study’s time period was not long enough.
“It tells us nothing about the long-term benefits and costs of so-called ‘gender-affirming care.’ And that is precisely what any serious study should focus on,” he said.
He cited the growing number of transients who have emerged in recent years, many saying years later that they wish they hadn’t started irreversible treatment as teenagers.
“We already know from widespread detransitioning testimony and from clinical testimony that young people struggling with gender confusion and incongruity often like the initial changes brought about by cross-sex hormones,” he continued. .
This is common sense. No one should be surprised that they report this in a survey. Some women report feelings of euphoria, for example, when taking testosterone for the first time.’
Transitioners like Cat Cattinson, 30, of Northern California, report being harassed online by trans activists when they come forward with their stories.
“I’ve seen the level of hate really rise to the point that every time a new member of the transition shares their story online, they are harassed, intimidated, ridiculed and of course threatened by thousands of trans activists.” death,” he told the DailyMail. .com.
“For every detransitioner with a public platform, the new trend has been to call us liars and scammers and just try to invalidate everything we say.”
Cattinson, 30, a singer and musician, grew up female but identified as male from the age of 13.
Sinéad Watson, from Scotland, began her medical transition from female to male in 2015 at age 24, but regretted her full mastectomy and other procedures within three years. She stopped taking testosterone in 2019 when she transitioned.
She told her 45,000 Twitter followers this week how her public statements about being a woman again were met with claims that she was a “liar, fake, shill, and (most hilarious of all) a right-wing Christian sock.”
“They sent me threats of rape and death,” he posted.
‘They called me a hideous monster. Hundreds of accounts with pfps anime and furry told me that it was a shame that my last suicide attempt had failed. I deserved to suffer.
But, pro-trans advocates argue that puberty blockers and hormone therapies make them feel more aligned with themselves, which improves their overall health.
Hormone therapies and gender-affirming care for minors is a highly controversial topic. There are bans or restrictions on the practice in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, and Texas.