Second study confirms medical intervention in trans kids is safe

transgender kidsLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Detractors are attempting to derail the well-being of trans people with false rhetoric in the media about “rampant regret” after undergoing medical treatment. By using out of context quotes in their rhetoric from unlinked sources, the reader are unaware that they may be older “studies” from the days when being trans was considered a mental illness, or from a wholly biased source. Either way, access to the entire study is not available for the reader to make an objective review.

Fortunately, reputable and recent science research evidence exists and debunks their claims. Further, the research is transparent and available to anyone to read.

Here is a quote and link to a study published earlier this year that supports the use of medical intervention in trans kids and early adults:

“RESULTS: After gender reassignment, in young adulthood, the GD [gender dysphoria] was alleviated and psychological functioning had steadily improved. Well-being was similar to or better than same-age young adults from the general population. Improvements in psychological functioning were positively correlated with postsurgical subjective well-being.”

See the entire study:

Let me pull out this sentence from the quote: “Well-being was similar to or better than same-age young adults from the general population.” I challenge those detractors to debunk this.

I wrote last year about another study on hormone blockers :

Thanks to Jenn Burleton of TransActive for the heads up:

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  1. Abstract from the study:

    Young Adult Psychological Outcome After Puberty Suppression and Gender Reassignment

    Annelou L.C. de Vries, MD, PhDa,
    Jenifer K. McGuire, PhD, MPHb,
    Thomas D. Steensma, PhDa,
    Eva C.F. Wagenaar, MDa,
    Theo A.H. Doreleijers, MD, PhDa, and
    Peggy T. Cohen-Kettenis, PhDa

    aCenter of Expertise on Gender Dysphoria, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands; and
    bDepartment of Human Development, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington


    BACKGROUND: In recent years, puberty suppression by means of gonadotropin-releasing hormone analogs has become accepted in clinical management of adolescents who have gender dysphoria (GD). The current study is the first longer-term longitudinal evaluation of the effectiveness of this approach.

    METHODS: A total of 55 young transgender adults (22 transwomen and 33 transmen) who had received puberty suppression during adolescence were assessed 3 times: before the start of puberty suppression (mean age, 13.6 years), when cross-sex hormones were introduced (mean age, 16.7 years), and at least 1 year after gender reassignment surgery (mean age, 20.7 years). Psychological functioning (GD, body image, global functioning, depression, anxiety, emotional and behavioral problems) and objective (social and educational/professional functioning) and subjective (quality of life, satisfaction with life and happiness) well-being were investigated.

    RESULTS: After gender reassignment, in young adulthood, the GD was alleviated and psychological functioning had steadily improved. Well-being was similar to or better than same-age young adults from the general population. Improvements in psychological functioning were positively correlated with postsurgical subjective well-being.

    CONCLUSIONS: A clinical protocol of a multidisciplinary team with mental health professionals, physicians, and surgeons, including puberty suppression, followed by cross-sex hormones and gender reassignment surgery, provides gender dysphoric youth who seek gender reassignment from early puberty on, the opportunity to develop into well-functioning young adults.

    • “cosmetic surgery”, harm from hormones, “gay conversion”, kids being “taught to hate their bodies”… One person was pretending to be pro-gay and protecting people from “the new conversion therapy”. Some of the rhetoric is completely patterned, stock, but the cherry-picking is always ludicrous.

      Thanks, Lexie, can always use more and more informative. I was using another by Cohen-Kettenis from a Dutch gender clinic, 2011:
      “Puberty Suppression in a Gender-Dysphoric Adolescent: A 22-Year Follow-Up”
      Peggy T. Cohen-Kettenis, Sebastiaan E. E. Schagen, […], and Henriette A. Delemarre-van de Waal
      Arch Sex Behav. Aug 2011; 40(4): 843–847.
      “Puberty suppression by means of gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) analogs is considered a diagnostic aid in gender dysphoric adolescents. However, there are also concerns about potential risks, such as poor outcome or post-surgical regret, adverse effects on metabolic and endocrine status, impaired increment of bone mass, and interference with brain development. This case report is on a 22-year follow-up of a female-to-male transsexual, treated with GnRH analogs at 13 years of age and considered eligible for androgen treatment at age 17, and who had gender reassignment surgery at 20 and 22 years of age. At follow-up, he indicated no regrets about his treatment. He was functioning well psychologically, intellectually, and socially; however, he experienced some feelings of sadness about choices he had made in a long-lasting intimate relationship. There were no clinical signs of a negative impact on brain development. He was physically in good health, and metabolic and endocrine parameters were within reference ranges. Bone mineral density was within the normal range for both sexes. His final height was short as compared to Dutch males; however, his body proportions were within normal range. This first report on long-term effects of puberty suppression suggests that negative side effects are limited and that it can be a useful additional tool in the diagnosis and treatment of gender dysphoric adolescents.”

      When faced with the “most kids diagnosed with GID don’t…” fakery (which usually I’ve already explained), this part fits, but doesn’t mean they acknowledge it:
      “At the Dutch gender identity clinic, none of the adolescents diagnosed with GID and treated with GnRH analogs refrained from further treatment procedures or regretted gender reassignment.”

  2. The kids in the photo are Wren and Ryland. I forget the girl’s name.


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