Wednesday 5 October 2022 08:52 PM How gender dysphoria rates among children have DOUBLED since 2017 trends now

Wednesday 5 October 2022 08:52 PM How gender dysphoria rates among children have DOUBLED since 2017 trends now
Wednesday 5 October 2022 08:52 PM How gender dysphoria rates among children have DOUBLED since 2017 trends now

Wednesday 5 October 2022 08:52 PM How gender dysphoria rates among children have DOUBLED since 2017 trends now

The number of children with gender dysphoria has exploded in recent years, giving rise to the use of powerful puberty-blocking drugs.

About 300,000 children aged between 13 and 17 (1.4 per cent) in the US identify as transgender, according to most recent estimates from 2020.

That is double the number estimated to have the condition in 2017 in a previous report by the same researchers, though they used different estimates.

Children aged 13 to 17 are over four times more likely to identify as transgender (1.4 per cent) than adults over 65 (0.3 per cent).

Some say the rise is born out of increased awareness of gender dysphoria — that is, emotional distress due to a disconnect between gender identity and biological sex — and a rise in acceptance in society.

However, many believe that the impressionable minds of children are easily swayed by ‘trends’ and ‘phases’ among peers, and that children are not ready to make irreversible decisions about their gender.

While no official, national estimates exist, many more children receiving gender-affirming care and an increasingly younger age. Treatment often involves powerful and life-altering drugs that block puberty and the release of key developmental hormones. 

So far, four states - Alabama, Arkansas, Texas, and Arizona have restricted access to gender-affirming care, which includes hormonal treatment or surgery.

There are estimated to be 300,000 trans Americans aged 13 to 17, a number that has risen several fold in the last two decades.

There are estimated to be 300,000 trans Americans aged 13 to 17, a number that has risen several fold in the last two decades.

Oklahoma signaled its intent to follow suit Tuesday, with Governor signing a bill that effectively bans the therapies from being prescribed to minors at the state's main children's hospital.

A further 14 states are considering similar pieces of legislation.

Puberty blockers today are sold as a ‘pause button’ on puberty, offering a child the breathing space to reach a considered decision over whether to proceed with cross-sex hormones and sex-change surgery to achieve full transition.

They work by suppressing sex hormones like testosterone and estrogen, effectively 'blocking' the physical changes that would occur during puberty — such as a deeper voice in a man.

Hormone therapy is where either testosterone or estrogen is adminsitered to patients in order to trigger secondary sex characteristics to promote their body matching their gender.

Now Oklahoma 'bans' puberty blockers for trans children

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has signed a bill that effectively bans gender- reassignment drugs from being prescribed to minors at the state's main children's hospital.

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