A recent research from the University of Essex has shed light on potential implications for children of using puberty-blocking drugs.
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.
The original study focused on 44 children aged 12 to 15 who were 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.
“Extreme Psychological Distress”
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 specific medication under scrutiny in this study was triptorelin, marketed under the brand name Trelstar.
Triptorelin belongs to a class of drugs known as gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists.
These drugs are designed to reduce the levels of certain hormones in the body, effectively halting the progression of puberty.
A Decline in Mental Health When Taking Puberty Blockers
The initial findings from the 2021 study suggested that the use of triptorelin had no significant impact on the mental health of the children over a 36-month follow-up period.
However, the recent reanalysis conducted by the University of Essex has painted a more nuanced picture.
According to this updated analysis, approximately 34% of transgender youth experienced a decline in mental health while undergoing treatment with puberty blockers.
Multi-Dimensional View of Well-Being
To understand these variations in mental health outcomes, the researchers adopted a comprehensive approach.
They used emotional factors, including anxiety, depression, social withdrawal, somatic complaints, as well as behavioral signals such as attention problems and aggressive behaviors.
Sleep difficulties were also considered in the assessment, contributing to a multi-dimensional view of the participants’ psychological well-being.
Notably, this reanalysis marked a departure from the original study’s methodology.
Instead of relying solely on group averages, the researchers opted for a more individualized approach, focusing on the specific psychological health of each participant.
Several social media users shared their thoughts on the incident.
One Twitter user wrote, “Everything in the world has rules, and something will definitely happen if it is forcibly changed.”
“Chemically Mutilate Their Bodies”
Another user added, “Not surprising. This is why parents must control the health of their children.”
A third user commented, “Who would have thought that… Of course, puberty blockers aren’t good for children. When I was 6 years old, I would choose 2 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.””
A fourth user wrote, “What did they expect would happen when they allowed children to chemically mutilate their bodies that way.”
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