Finland: stop puberty blockers for dysphoric minors

As in the UK and Sweden, the experimental nature and non-reversibility of hormone treatments on children are recognised, and the new guidelines reserve them only for extreme cases, favouring psychological treatments. In Italy too, it is time to think again.
Please be aware that the translation of contents, although automatic, has a cost to Feminist Post but is provided to you without any charge. Please consider making a contribution via the "Support us" page if you intend to use our translation service intensively.
The contents of this site are translated using automatic translation systems without the intervention of professional translators.
Translations are provided for the sole purpose of facilitating reading by international visitors.
Share this article

By Wesley J. Smith

Initially it was the Britishthen the Swedes. And now the transgender moral panic is rith various objections also from the Finns.

Finnish medical guidelines are now opposed to the use of most puberty-blocking drugs and to the transition of adolescentsexcept in particularly serious cases and even then only in a research context.

Firstly, it was noted that most cases of juvenile transgenderism resolve during puberty. Furthermore the so-called blocking of puberty should not be among the first interventions practised to alleviate the child's distress and discomfort.

From the guidelines on the treatment of juvenile gender dysphoria, recently translated into English (unofficially translated), we read:

"Cross-sex identification in childhoodeven in more extreme cases, generally disappears during puberty. However, in some cases, it persists or even intensifies. Gender dysphoria can also emerge or intensify at the onset of puberty. There is considerable variation in the timing of the onset of puberty in both sexes. The first-line treatment for gender dysphoria is psychosocial support and, if necessary, psychotherapy and treatment of any co-morbid psychiatric disorders.".

Blockage of puberty can cause serious physical side effects:

"I risks potentials of the GnRH therapy include interruption of bone mineralisation and the still unknown effects on the central nervous system. In trans girls, early pubertal suppression inhibits penile growthrequiring the use of alternative sources of graft tissue for potential future vaginoplasty. The effect pubertal suppression and cross-sex hormones on fertility is not yet known".

As I have always repeatedThe use of puberty-blocking drugs is a human experimentation:

"In the light of the available evidence, gender reassignment of children is an experimental practice. Based on studies examining gender identity in minors, hormonal interventions may be considered before reaching adulthood in those with firmly established transgender identities, but must be done with great caution, and no irreversible treatment should be started. Information on the potential harms of hormone therapies is slowly increasing and is not systematically reported. It is essential to obtain information on the benefits and risks of these treatments in rigorous scientific research environments.".

Any puberty blockade undertaken should be part of an experimental study, not a generically available intervention, and one should wait and see if psychological treatment and time can solve the problem:

"A young person who has already entered puberty can be sent to the juvenile gender identity research clinic at TAYS or HUS for in-depth gender identity studies. whether gender identity variation and related dysphoria do not reflect the temporary search for identity typical of the adolescent development phase and do not subside once the young person has had the opportunity to reflect on his or her own identitybut rather its identity and personality development seem to be stable.".

The use of puberty-blocking hormones should be the exceptionnot the rule:

"On the basis of thorough and case-by-case consideration, the initiation of hormonal interventions that alter sexual characteristics can be considered before the person is 18 years old only if it can be established that his identity as the opposite sex is of a permanent nature and causes severe dysphoria. In addition, it must be confirmed that the young person is able to understand the meaning of irreversible treatments and the benefits and disadvantages associated with lifelong hormone therapyand that there are no contraindications.".

Finally, no mastectomies youth:

"I surgical treatments are not part of the treatment methods for gender-conflict dysphoria in minors. The initiation and monitoring of hormone treatments should be centralised at the gender identity research clinics at HUS and TAYS.".

The transgender movement argues that people who oppose the blocking of puberty in children with gender dysphoria are ".haters"i.e. the haters. The opposite is true. Moreover, Those who immediately affirm transgender identity in children can do them terrible harm.

Someone tell the American Academy of Paediatricians.


Original article here

Translation by Angela Tacchini


Much of the news published by Feminist Post you will not read elsewhere. That is why it is important to support us, even with a small contribution: Feminist Post is produced solely by the voluntary work of many people and has no funding.
If you think our work can be useful for your life, we will be grateful for even the smallest contribution.

You can give us your contribution by clicking here: Patreon - Feminist Post
   - or -
You can send to: ASSOCIAZIONE CULTURALE BLU BRAMANTE
Obligatory reason: FEMINIST POST
IBAN: IT80C0200812914000104838541
You might also be interested in
24 September 2022
SPAIN: SOCIALISTS AGAINST THE TRANS LEY
Unlike their Italian counterparts from the PD and the left who stand for free gender identity, the Spanish progressives break with the PSOE's transactivist policies in defence of women and children. In their manifesto the excellent arguments against what, if passed, could be the worst transactivist law in the world
Breaking with its party, the PSOE, and sending a signal to the women of the European left, who are generally aligned in defence of transactivist diktatism, the Federación de Mujeres Progresistas launches a courageous manifesto against the Trans Law wanted by the governing majority in Spain (PSOE and Podemos) and being approved by an emergency procedure, without an effective parliamentary debate or a wide public discussion. The initiative also comes in response to the clamorous break between historical Spanish feminism -united in the Contraborrado cartel- [...].
Read now
14 September 2022
Perhaps gender identity does not exist
If it is the biologist Anna Fausto-Sterling, the first to speak about it in the 1990s, the inspiration of Judith Butler and the founder of gender theory, who is in doubt, then perhaps we are at a clamorous and definitive turning point. Stop trans laws before it is too late!
If Judith Butler is The Queen of Gender, Anna Fausto-Sterling is its goddess: zoologist, biologist and lecturer in gender studies -now at Brown University- starting from the rare genetic condition of intersexuality in the early 1990s, she was the first to attack the concept of sexual binaryity, arguing that sexuality is a spectrum and that at least five sexes can be identified ('come on, it wasn't a theory, I was being ironic, it was just a provocation' she later said. But in vain). [...]
Read now
11 September 2022
Trans-Europe: Ireland, UK, Spain, gender laws high on political agendas
While the new British Prime Minister Liz Truss works to block gender self-certification in Scotland, the Iberian government prevents the parliamentary debate on the Ley Trans, which allows sex change even for 12 year olds, to go for approval in a hurry: that is why Spanish feminists break with the left and open dialogue with the Popular Party. Meanwhile in Ireland a professor is arrested for refusing to use fluid language
A teacher at an Irish Christian school, Enoch Burke, was suspended and then arrested for refusing to name a transgender student with a neuter pronoun. Meanwhile, new British PM Liz Truss is reportedly trying to block Scotland's plans to allow self-identification for transgender (self-id) people and has asked lawyers for advice on how to 'pause or prevent' the reforms. Truss, head of the equalities brief as well as a former foreign minister, was instrumental in ruling out [...]
Read now
9 September 2022
Elizabeth, the last matriarch
The missing queen wielded her power so skilfully that it was invisible. A profound influence that never backfired. Wisdom, an iron sense of duty, pragmatism, emotional control and no narcissism: these are the traits of sovereignty that make her a model of female authority
Gaby Hinsliff for The Guardian Stop all watches. Unplug the phone. For once, the opening lines of WH Auden's poem, Funeral Blues, seem appropriate to the moment. Like it or not, much of public life will come to a halt in the days of mourning as broadcasters suspend their programmes and a state funeral is prepared. However long it may have been predicted, the death of the longest reigning monarch in British history is a moment [...]
Read now
12 August 2022
Italian Society of Paediatrics: stopping puberty in dysphoric children does not cause permanent problems. But several studies prove otherwise
UK, Sweden, Finland, USA: much of the world is up in arms against puberty blockers that can irreversibly damage the health of girls and boys. The Tavistock clinic in London is closing down, a thousand families are preparing for a class action in defence of their daughters and sons who have not been properly treated, many American paediatricians are attacking their trade association which is pushing for the administration of these drugs. But for the Italian paediatricians' society these problems do not exist
According to the Italian Society of Paediatrics, the effects of puberty blockers used to treat girls and boys with gender dysphoria are perfectly REVERSIBLE: this means that if the girl/boy changes her mind about her intention to 'change sex' and suspends the 'therapy', her development will resume normally, without any definitive effects and/or health problems. This is not the case at all. The effects of puberty blocker therapy are by no means 'completely reversible', as has been demonstrated by several [...]
Read now
6 August 2022
California, transfusion of children
The American state proposes itself as a 'health' tourism destination for minors who are unable to access transition where they live. Exempting the parents and relieving the operators of any risk of litigation in the event of subsequent 'repentance'. Meanwhile in the UK, after the closure of the Tavistock, eyes are on a Scottish clinic where the experimental model (puberty blockers and surgery) continues to be applied
There is a real war going on in the United States over the ideology of gender identity and its promotion in schools. A 'culture war' pitting the elites, who fund and promote gender ideology, against the ordinary people who oppose it (see the Disney case here). While Biden from day one has made many legislative concessions to trans activism at the federal level, the Republicans have intercepted the discontent of the citizenry with various counter-legislation at the state level, such as [...]
Read now
1 2 3 ... 37