Puberty Blocker Study Revisits Effects on Transgender Youth

Recent research from the University of Essex has shed light on potential implications for children using puberty-blocking drugs.

The New Study

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The study re-examined findings from a 2021 research project conducted by the NHS’s Gender Identity Development Service at Tavistock and University College London Hospitals, exploring the impact of these drugs on the mental well-being of transgender youth.

Gender Dysphoria

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The original study focused on 44 children aged 12 to 15 diagnosed with gender dysphoria.

GD is a condition characterized by distress due to a misalignment between an individual’s gender identity and their assigned sex at birth.

Psychological Distress

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While these youth were deemed “psychologically stable,” they were experiencing “extreme psychological distress” related to ongoing pubertal development, prompting the investigation into the effects of puberty-blocking drugs.

The Medicine

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The specific medication under scrutiny in this study was triptorelin, marketed under Trelstar.

Triptorelin belongs to a class of drugs known as gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists.

The Use

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These drugs are designed to reduce the levels of certain hormones in the body, effectively halting the progression of puberty.

Had No Significant Impact

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The initial findings from the 2021 study suggested that the use of triptorelin had no significant impact on the children’s mental health over a 36-month follow-up period.

A Different Picture

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However, the recent re-analysis conducted by the University of Essex has painted a more nuanced picture.

Decline in Mental Health

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According to this updated analysis, approximately 34 percent of transgender youth experienced a decline in mental health while undergoing treatment with puberty blockers.

The Approach

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The researchers adopted a comprehensive approach to understand these variations in mental health outcomes.

The Factors

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They used emotional factors, including anxiety, depression, social withdrawal, somatic complaints, and behavioral signals such as attention problems and aggressive behaviors.

The assessment also considered sleep difficulties, contributing to a multi-dimensional view of the participants’ psychological well-being.

The Public Expressed Their Views

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Several commenters shared their thoughts on the incident.

One wrote, “Everything in the world has rules, and something will definitely happen if it is forcibly changed.”

Not Surprising

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Another added, “Not surprising. This is why parents must control the health of their children.”

Children Cannot Decide

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A third commented, “Who would have thought that… Of course, puberty blockers aren’t good for children. When I was six years old, I would choose two Oreo cookies over $10k… Today, we let 6-year-olds change their gender because some green hair clown in their school told them “You can be born in the wrong body.””

Mutilate Their Bodies

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A fourth wrote, “What did they expect would happen when they allowed children to chemically mutilate their bodies that way.”

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