A Dutch study published good news for transgender youth regarding puberty blockers
Puberty blockers are drugs that suppress the release of sex hormones at the onset of puberty.
This stops the irreversible physical changes with puberty. Facial hair, voice changes and bone structure in boys, and breasts in girls.
The great thing about puberty blockers is that the effects are reversible, so you can put puberty on hold.
This can buy the young person time to continue exploring their gender identity.
This will enable them time as they are legally able to start cross-gender hormones if they so choose.
Which is generally at age 16 after an application to the family court of Australia.
Published a Paediatrics journal, 55 transgender youth (33 trans boys and 22 trans girls) when they first started puberty blockers.
(generally around age 14) until one year after their first gender-affirming surgery (on average around age 21).
The study showed that there were no instances of regret in the group regarding puberty suppression of transition.
Overall all the youth were satisfied with their decision.
The levels of anxiety, emotional distress, body image concerns and overall happiness were the same as in their non-transgender peers of the same age.
Given that trans youth around the world have one of the highest rates of depression, anxiety and suicide.
This study supports the concept that allowing these young people to halt the changes of puberty with the blockers.
Eventually, transition physically to their affirmed gender results in a great outcome for their mental health.
The first step in the process is for the young person to be referred to a specialist psychiatrist for assessment.
This can be done through your local GP.
If a young person is about to enter puberty then it’s important not to delay the process.
Physical changes that are about to start happening are irreversible.