Puberty-blockers study under investigation
Early findings of patients reporting thoughts of self-harm warranted investigation, Newsnight finds.
“Staff were unable to raise concerns without risking being branded transphobic.” Medical practice reduced to guess work
The argument for the always-affirm approach to gender dysphoria inevitably falls back on claims that not affirming leads to suicide But according to new prelim data, the *opposite* is likely: Kids on puberty blockers are more likely to hurt/kill themselves
"Dr Kirsty Entwistle raised concerns over the way puberty blockers were being presented to children as "fully reversible", when their long-term impact was unknown. She also said staff were unable to raise concerns without risking being branded transphobic."
Dr. Debra Soh
This is not how proper research is done. The parents & children will pay the price.
"I don't see that the parents and their children could really have given informed consent given the lack of information that was provided.” “Staff were unable to raise concerns without risking being branded transphobic.” This is wrong and dangerous.
Newsnight,10.30pm tonight. Exposes puberty blocker concerns. "The information that Newsnight has brought to our attention has not been raised with us before. We will therefore investigate further, which may include a review of the original ethics opinion."
GIDS lowered the age at which it offers children puberty blockers - but early data showed some taking the drugs reported an increase in thoughts of suicide and self-harm. The Health Research Authority is now investigating claims brought by Newsnight.
I’m so confused. The story here seems to be “trans youth stay trans”? Oh and that Biggs guy is a rampant transphobe and it’s all he ever talks about.
This is deeply serious and alarming. It deserves more than people screaming about terfs and bigots. —Transgender treatment: Puberty blockers study under investigation - BBC News
Prof Jackie Cassell
And now for some reappraisal of evidence and implications of #puberty blocker drugs
note thoughts of the estimable
What matters? Gender politics or vulnerable kids?
Yet this very important data was suppressed by the researchers as unimportant
"Some taking the drugs reported an increase in thoughts of suicide and self-harm. " @60Minutes ?
? Most famous US trans kid openly discussed suicidal feelings while on blockers on national TV
. A kid who was fully affirmed and supported.
BBC News - Transgender treatment: Puberty blockers study under investigation
"Because of flaws in how the study was set up, it is not possible to infer cause and effect...staff were unable to raise concerns without risking being branded transphobic."
Finally, what took them so long?
Keith R Laws
Transgender treatment: Puberty blockers study under investigation
Noted without comment.
Transgender treatment: UK's only clinic offering puberty blockers to youth does so on based on a study, the results of which are now under investigation.