UK study finds link between trans teens on puberty blockers and mental health issues

The benefits of so-called puberty blockers were challenged by a UK study that found an alarming percent of medicated gender dysphoric teens suffered a decline in their mental state.

An oft-repeated argument of trangenderism pushers regarded the likelihood that those left unaffirmed would experience suicidal thoughts to which they might succumb. After 36 months of follow-up by a University of Essex study, the benefits of gender dysphoria treatment with hormone blockers purported by another study were found to stem from “low quality” evidence.

Published as a preprint to medRxiv, the secondary analysis of a 2021 study conducted by the National Health Service’s (NHS) Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) at Tavistock alongside the University College London Hospitals, found that roughly a third of those treated with triptorelin suffered a decline in mental health.

The hormone-blocking drug known as Trelstar had been administered to 44 children between the ages of 12- and 15-years-old whom NHS had deemed “psychologically stable” despite their gender dysphoria diagnoses and their “high likelihood of extreme psychological distress with ongoing pubertal development.”

“This is the first analysis of U.K. data on children aged 12 to 15 with GD taking puberty blockers demonstrating individual level change as opposed to testing differences between group averages. As such, this analysis gives a fuller picture of the benefits and risks of treatment,” the secondary analysis stated.

While 34 percent were said to have experienced a decline, 29 percent were reported as having mental health improvement as the remaining 37 percent had no change. Of the findings, the study authors suggested, “We recommend that these approaches be incorporated into new gender dysphoria services being established in the U.K., as well as new research studies being designed.”

The number of medically transitioned youths who’ve gone on to express regret over the decision to permanently alter their body through genital mutilation and chemical castration procedures has stood as a testament against the argument that such actions performed on anyone under the age of consent are medically necessary.

However, as previously reported, many professionals within the medical community have not only touted such claims but denied the irreversible and harmful nature of such treatments. This included a Washington family doctor highlighted by Libs of TikTok who she indicated told kids “that if they’re struggling with their gender identity, they can go on puberty blockers or hormones and it’s completely reversible.”

In the video, the physician said in part, “First of all, there are reversible medications that we can give that can stop puberty where it is and let you explore your gender a little bit further. And then there is hormone therapy which is giving you different hormones than are produced by your body.”

Disregarded were consequences that included sterilization and bone-density loss as well as the findings from the University of Essex study regarding mental health declination.

In a statement to the Daily Mail about the secondary analysis, a spokesperson representing the original study said, “We are grateful to all of the clinicians and academics who have contributed to this study over the years, and we welcome peer-reviewed analyses of the evidence around how to support these young people.”

“The analysis plan for the original study was independently produced by experts in medical statistics, and the underlying data was published so that other researchers might conduct further analyses,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, Fox News Digital spoke with Florida neurosurgeon Dr. Brett Osborn who said, “The human brain — and in particular the developing brain — is particularly sensitive to and reliant on circulating hormone levels to function optimally.”

“Sex hormones like testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone — the ones that were suppressed in the study population using triptorelin — also play a major role in mood regulation and cognition,” he added before outlining their role in healthy sleep that, when lacking, led to potential mood swings and other mental health issues.

“Bottom line? Not only our bodies, but our brains, function best with optimal hormone levels,” said Osborn. “Lowering their levels artificially with medications like triptorelin is potentially dangerous and only contributing to the escalating mental health burden in America.”


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