Transgender organization suggests hormones and surgeries should start even earlier for gender-confused teens
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) says it will lower the recommended age for so-called ‘gender transition treatments’, suggesting opposite-sex hormones start at 14, down from 16 years, as previously recommended.
The organization is also lowering its suggested age for surgeries by a year, saying some “transgender” surgeries can start as young as 15.
WPATH gave an advance copy of the new guidelines to The Associated Press, who broke the news first. Final guidelines are expected to be released later this year.
WPATH is not a medical organization; it is a group of transgender activists. But his last orientation, Standards of care for the health of transsexual, transgender and non-conforming peoplewas produced in 2012 and is considered authoritative by other transgender activists and allies in the health professions.
These age limits are recommendations and not legal restrictions. In many states, minors can – and do – access these treatments without the knowledge or consent of their parents. Planned Parenthood, for example, lists hundreds of clinics that dispense opposite sex hormones, including to minors.
Of course, no one can “transition” to the opposite sex with drugs, hormones and surgeries. It’s ideology, not science or medicine.
Such interventions only approach the appearance of the opposite sex. A person’s innate biological masculinity or femininity is not affected by these treatments.
The guidelines come just as entire countries are moving away from these irreversible, body-altering procedures that have the potential to cause serious injury.
While WPATH says giving children puberty-suppressing hormones is “fully reversible,” the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) recently changed its online statement on these drugs.
The new NHS guidelines warned:
- Little is known about the long-term side effects of hormone blockers or puberty in children with gender dysphoria.
- Although the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) states that it is a physically reversible treatment if stopped, it is unknown what the psychological effects may be.
- It is also not known whether hormone blockers affect the development of the brains of adolescents or the bones of children. Side effects may also include hot flashes, fatigue, and mood changes.
Dr. Michele Cretella, a pediatrician and former executive director of the American College of Pediatricians, previously said The Daily Citizen these drugs were experimental and were not originally developed for children with gender confusion.
She explained that most confused children who are allowed to go through puberty will naturally come to terms with their body gender. But the increasing use of puberty blockers and opposite sex hormones is turning children and adolescents “into lifelong patients forever addicted to toxic drugs that lead to permanent changes, including infertility and a host of other serious health risks.” health”.
She said, “Puberty is not a disease. Puberty is a critical and natural phase of development that can save the lives of gender-incongruous youth.
Cretella argues that children who start taking puberty blockers, even if they come to embrace their biological sex and stop taking the drugs, “can never get back the normal biopsychosocial developmental time that was stolen from them.” .
The new guidelines also come at a time when there are increasing reports of former individuals who identified as transgender who have “transitioned” but are now “de-transitioning”, with their bodies often damaged beyond repair by drugs, hormones and surgeries. (Warning: We’ve linked to their stories, but they often contain foul language and make reading difficult.)
I’m 16 and my body is in shambles. I destroyed every part of me that made me a woman, or at least the parts that made me look and feel like one. … [My breasts] went away from top surgery, I’m very hairy, my face was already SUPER masculine before [before testosterone] so I “passed” for a guy before I even made the transition. I don’t really see the point of living if it’s going to be like this. I can’t believe everyone in my life has let me down so badly.
How do we let insecure 14 year old girls make the decision to mutilate and ruin their bodies. I’m mad. I am angry at this unhealthy agenda. I’m angry at sick people who think you have no choice but to accept what you were given at birth. I am angry that these sick people are pushing their sick agendas on sick, insecure, damaged, naive, gullible children. Children don’t know what they want. Neither do the rest of these “trans” people. I’m sorry but you can’t change who you are. All it will do is drive you crazy.
Another girl wrote:
When I was little, I grew up singing with my mother on Fiona Apple. I was pretty good at singing before T. Singing with Fiona Apple now makes me feel like an impostor, it doesn’t suit me. It doesn’t match. It hurts so much, it hurts to know that I will never have this pitch again, especially since I started T at 13. I have only been there for a little over a few years but it has destroyed everything for me, my health, my social abilities, my perception of myself etc.
One year ago, 60 minutes’ Lesley Stahl reported on people who began medical procedures to “transition” and live as the opposite sex, but then returned to embrace their physical and biological reality.
A young man named Garrett said he only took three months of female hormones before having his testicles removed. He talked about having breast implants:
I had never really been suicidal until I had my breast augmentation. And about a week later, I wanted to kill myself. Like, I had a plan and I was going to do it but I kept thinking about, like, my family to stop me. It was like I felt normal again, like other guys now?
Garrett said he only had two visits with a mental health professional before he was guided to hormones and opposite-sex surgeries.
There are thousands of stories like these on social media, with young people reporting that their bodies have been permanently damaged by drugs, hormones and surgeries.
Despite this, new WPATH guidelines suggest that transgender activists in the medical profession are starting to do this damage even earlier.
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