Int’l Health Group Advocates Using Experimental Drugs on Transgender Children

According to new guidelines released yesterday, a leading international health organization is encouraging children under 16 who identify as transgender to undergo highly experimental hormonal therapies — such as puberty-blocking treatment and cross-sex hormones — aimed at making their bodies appear to be that of the other sex, despite the possibly damaging side effects of these therapies. The new clinical guidelines were developed by an international medical team and published by the Endocrine Society. Because of this organization’s vast membership base, its recommendations are expected to exert widespread influence on the type of medical care given to children around the

Prescribe “Puberty Blockers” or Lose Your Job: A Doctor’s New Dilemma?

Yesterday, I described the dangers of “puberty blockers,” powerful drugs prescribed off-label to prevent gender dysphoric children from undergoing natural puberty. In that article, I focused on the implications of these drugs for children and parents. Today, I would like to highlight the problems these treatments will eventually present for physicians. As puberty blockers become more mainstream, not only will more parents pursue these treatments, but more physicians may be asked to prescribe these drugs off-label to their patients. This presents a serious ethical and legal dilemma. Can physicians who object to the treatment due to its side effects, long-term

Puberty Blockers and Gender Dysphoria: 5 Facts Every Parent Should Know

Despite popular reception by LGBT advocacy groups, the efficacy of puberty blocking drugs in treating gender dysphoria is questionable at best, and outright dangerous at worst. Before conceding to the hype, take a look at five important facts about transition-affirming hormone therapies: 1.) There is no medical consensus on transition-affirming treatments for gender dysphoria. The term “gender dysphoria” replaced the term “gender identity disorder” in 2013. This change represented a seismic shift in how we think and talk about gender. “Gender identity disorder” indicates a deviation from the norm where one’s mental state is incongruous with reality, whereas “gender dysphoria”