Holland: if you block the development of girls and boys you push them to become trans
They invented the protocol - pausing puberty to allow minors to "choose" sex. But even the Dutch now admit that in 9 out of 10 cases the blockers no longer give time to "decide" but are the beginning of the transition. A self-fulfilling prophecy. And that the effects of these drugs are not reversible at all

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University clinic Amsterdam UMC, a pioneer in the use of puberty blockers, has admitted that children taking these drugs may find themselves stuck in increased medicalisation.

The admission comes following the publication earlier this month of a new retrospective study which examines 20 years of hormonal interventions known as the “Dutch Protocol”, conducted on 1,766 children and adolescents between 1972 and 2018 at the famous clinic in Amsterdam and published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. But even after a reportage had revealed that the study on which the puberty blocker treatment was based was funded by the manufacturers of these drugs.

In the new study the researchers found that 93% of patients eligible to receive puberty blockers then took hormonal drugs to transition to the opposite sex (cross-sex)

Dutch doctors until now maintained that the blockers were completely reversible and allowed patients to “pause” puberty to clarify the diagnosis, explore gender identity, and consider the next step towards cross-sex hormones. However, the new study confirms the findings of three recent studies, according to which lThe vast majority of those who start with blockers switch to hormones of the opposite sex (see here, here And here).

Medicalizing girls and boys with puberty blockers raises a lot ethical issues: in fact, hormonal therapies, if started in pre-pubertal age, they lead very young patients to sterility. This also implies that 8-9 year old children would be able to give their informed consent to a lifelong medical journey.

The paper by endocrinologist Maria ATC van der Loos and colleagues states that the finding that blockers at the Amsterdam clinic almost always led to opposite-sex hormones “may imply that [puberty blocker] treatment is used as beginning of the transition rather than as an extension of the diagnostic phase".

The researchers suggest that most patients who began treatment with blockers in the study must have suffered from “sustained gender dysphoria,” a distressing sense of conflict between birth sex and internal gender identity. “However, - the document reads - the possibility cannot be excluded that the start of [taking puberty blockers] in itself makes adolescents more likely to continue medical transition.”

According to sociologist Michael Biggs of the University of Oxford, who last September published a detailed criticism of the treatments of the Dutch protocol, this is the “biggest admission” that puberty blockers are not reversible nor a diagnostic tool.

“Dutch doctors are finally admitting what many of us have been saying for years, that puberty blockers and social transition (living as if you were the opposite sex) become a self-fulfilling prophecy,” said Dr. Biggs to Gender Clinic News.

Full article here.

Translation by Maria Celeste

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