Finland: puberty blockers for dysphoric minors
As in the UK and Sweden, the experimental nature and non-reversibility of hormonal treatments on girls are recognised, which the new guidelines reserve only for borderline cases, favoring psychological treatments. Even in Italy it is time to think again

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By Wesley J. Smith

Initially they were the British, later the Swedes. And now the transgender moral panic is rreceiving various objections also from the Finns.

Finnish medical guidelines are now against the use of most puberty blocking drugs and the transition of adolescents, except for particularly serious cases and, in any case, even in this case, only in a research context.

First, it has been noted that most cases of juvenile transgenderism resolve during puberty. Furthermore the so-called puberty block should not be among the first interventions practiced to alleviate the anguish and discomfort of the minor.

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

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

Puberty blocking can cause serious physical side effects:

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

As I have always said, the use of puberty blocking drugs is one human experimentation:

In light of the available evidence, gender reassignment of minors 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 it must be done with great caution, and no irreversible treatment should be initiated. Information about the potential harms of hormone therapies is slowly increasing and is not systematically reported. It is critical to obtain information about 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 generally available intervention, e.g we should wait as long as necessary to see if psychological treatments and time can solve the problem:

“A young person who has already entered puberty can be referred to the minor gender identity research clinic at TAYS or HUS for in-depth gender identity studies if the change in gender identity and related dysphoria do not reflect the temporary search for identity typical of the developmental phase of adolescence and do not subside once the young person has had the opportunity to reflect on their identity, but rather his identity and personality development appear to be stable“.

The use of puberty blocking hormones should be the exception, not the rule:

Based on thorough and case-by-case consideration, the initiation of hormonal interventions that alter sexual characteristics may be considered before the person are 18 only if it can be established that their identity as the opposite sex is permanent in nature and causes severe dysphoria. Furthermore, 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 therapy, and that there are no contraindications“.

In the end, no mastectomies youth:

THE Surgical treatments are not part of the methods of treating dysphoria caused by gender conflict in minors. Initiation and monitoring of hormone treatments must be centralized at the gender identity research clinics at HUS and TAYS“.

The transgender movement claims that people who oppose puberty blocking in children with gender dysphoria are “haters“, that is, gods haters. Instead, the opposite is true. Moreover, those who immediately affirm transgender identity in children can do them terrible harm.

Someone tell the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Original article here

Translation by Angela Tacchini

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