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Sex-Change Treatment For Kids On The Rise

From a secretly delighted Associated Press:

Sex-changing treatment for kids: It’s on the rise

February 20, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) — A small but growing number of teens and even younger children who think they were born the wrong sex are getting support from parents and from doctors who give them sex-changing treatments, according to reports in the medical journal Pediatrics.

It’s an issue that raises ethical questions, and some experts urge caution in treating children with puberty-blocking drugs and hormones.

What could be wrong with basing such a life-changing decision on a child’s feelings?

An 8-year-old second-grader in Los Angeles is a typical patient. Born a girl, the child announced at 18 months, "I a boy" and has stuck with that belief. The family was shocked but now refers to the child as a boy and is watching for the first signs of puberty to begin treatment, his mother told The Associated Press.

Pediatricians need to know these kids exist and deserve treatment, said Dr. Norman Spack, author of one of three reports published Monday and director of one of the nation’s first gender identity medical clinics, at Children’s Hospital Boston.

"If you open the doors, these are the kids who come. They’re out there. They’re in your practices," Spack said in an interview.

You see, pediatricians, who have been trained for years and who deal with kids on a daily basis need to be educated about this.

Switching gender roles and occasionally pretending to be the opposite sex is common in young children. But these kids are different. They feel certain they were born with the wrong bodies.

Okay, then. Case closed.

By the way, we were certain we were stolen by Gypsies at one point in our young lives. So it must be true.

Some are labeled with "gender identity disorder," a psychiatric diagnosis. But Spack is among doctors who think that’s a misnomer. Emerging research suggests they may have brain differences more similar to the opposite sex.

After all, homosexuality was once labeled a disorder. That is, until the APA received so many threats of violence, they re-considered.

Spack said by some estimates, 1 in 10,000 children have the condition

Sure they do.

Doctors who provide the treatment say withholding it would be more harmful. These children sometimes resort to self-mutilation to try to change their anatomy; the other two journal reports note that some face verbal and physical abuse and are prone to stress, depression and suicide attempts.

Spack said those problems typically disappear in kids who’ve had treatment and are allowed to live as the opposite sex

And who can doubt that? Has anybody ever heard of an unhappy transgendered person?

Guidelines from the Endocrine Society endorse transgender hormone treatment but say it should not be given before puberty begins. At that point, the guidelines recommend puberty-blocking drugs until age 16, then lifelong sex-changing hormones with monitoring for potential health risks

Those guidelines, along with YouTube videos by sex-changing teens and other media attention, have helped raise awareness about treatment and led more families to seek help, Spack said

How can anyone argue with a YouTube video?

His report details a fourfold increase in patients at the Boston hospital. His Gender Management Service clinic, which opened at the hospital in 2007, averages about 19 patients each year, compared with about four per year treated for gender issues at the hospital in the late 1990s.

The report details 97 girls and boys treated between 1998 and 2010; the youngest was 4 years old.

Four years old! What a success story!

Kids that young and their families get psychological counseling and are monitored until the first signs of puberty emerge, usually around age 11 or 12. Then children are given puberty-blocking drugs, in monthly $1,000 injections or implants imbedded in the arm.

Which will be ‘free’ under Obama-Care. And insurance companies should be made to pay for these procedures at no cost.

In another Pediatrics report, a Texas doctor says he’s also provided sex-changing treatment to an increasing number of children; so has a clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where the 8-year-old is a patient

Sex hormones, especially in high doses when used long-term, can have serious side effects, including blood clots and cancer. Spack said he uses low, safer doses but that patients should be monitored.

Whew. We thought there might be some risk involved. But there is none.

Gender-reassignment surgery, which may include removing or creating penises, is only done by a handful of U.S. doctors, on patients at least 18 years old, Spack said. His clinic has worked with local surgeons who’ve done breast removal surgery on girls at age 16, but that surgery can be relatively minor, or avoided, if puberty is halted in time, he said

Don’t worry. Those preposterously high standards will be relaxed soon enough.

By the way, the AP article includes a link to the Endocrine Society, which seems to be quite fitting : http://www.endo-society.org.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 20th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Sex-Change Treatment For Kids On The Rise”

  1. bobdog says:

    One of the developmental characteristics of children is that they live in a world of fantasy. They are unable to distinguish between what they imagine and what is true.

    That is why children are not allowed to vote, not that it makes much difference.

  2. canary says:

    “These children sometimes resort to self-mutilation to try to change their anatomy;”

    This is the first I’ve heard of this. Girls stuffing bra’s is out. The girls layer padded bras now so nothing falls out. While, the rumor of male actor’s stuffing their crotches is out there, and even considering the cutting contests, cigarette, eraser, and ice cubes on salted skin leading to major burn, contests, I just do not believe this.

    This is heartbreaking. Parents leave children and their imaginations alone. I’d be a horsie if my parents tried to surgically change me.
    Playing Cowboy’s and Indians I was the horse my brothers lassoed. I could do a perfect neigh until I had my tonsils out.

    In high-school at least I would day dream out the bus window that I was on my real horse jumping every obstacle and fence on the way to school. I couldn’t wait til school was over to be with my equine friends and friends. Medicinal to the soul to exchange snorts with a horse and nuzzle their soft nostrils. And please. No dirty remarks. I am a mom first and foremost.

  3. JohnMG says:

    …..”research suggests they may have brain differences more similar to the opposite sex……”

    Didn’t Lawrence Summers get fired for suggesting that this might actually be the case……that men and women have different brains, and this might be the reason more men than women were found to pursue engineering degrees and other careers requiring advanced math courses, etc.?

    Now we have some wacko wanting to carve up childrens bodies and inject them with drugs because their brains aren’t just alike. Could this be what happened (or didn’t hapen) to Nancy Pelosi?

    Anyone want to bet this guy is a Democrat?

  4. beautyofreason says:

    Body dysmorphic disorder is when a person feels like they have a hideous defect in their appearance, even if they look normal to peers. Many sufferers become housebound and do not socialize. They stare obsessively at mirrors, resorting to self-mutilation or copious amounts of plastic surgery to correct the perceived defect. Neither of these attempts to “cure” the deformity work because it stems from the mind. Treatment involves cognitive behavioral therapy to teach the person to be less concerned about looks.

    Body integrity identity disorder is when a person feels like they should be amputees. The person wants to lose arms, fingers, legs. Sufferers feel as though they were born in the wrong body and they must “correct” the problem by severing healthy limbs to become their true selves. Some are sexually attracted to the thought of being an amputee, known as apotemnophilia. Some want public sympathy, so they sit in wheel chairs or wear prosthesis when going out. Treatment involves psychotherapy so the patient accepts their body.

    The point is that a lot of psychiatric disorders create a distortion in the mind. Instead of mutilating a child to (poorly) mimic the opposite sex and satisfy some political point, perhaps it would be better for psychologists to help those kids accept their gender and learn to be comfortable with their appearance? Just like they do for other distortions of a similar nature. Why cut out the reproductive organs of a kids and pump them full of synthetic hormones if there is no medical need? The same people who howl about genetically modified crops and pesticides are awfully quick to mess with nature.

    The left is so emotionally invested in vindicating the “gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender” movement that they have no problem encouraging unhealthy mindsets. They are the kind of people who cheer when Chastity Bono goes onto Dancing with the Stars and dances like a girl – but he’s a guy, really! Even though the chromosomes say otherwise. In their minds how someone feels trumps society, reason, and health.

  5. Anonymoose says:

    In the old days a lot of these kids would hit puberty and grow out of their identity crisis. Also, guiding children into appropriate behavior was once considered correct, now the child makes the decisions; helped by psychiatrists and counselors.

    Today the decision now is to delay puberty artificially–so you end up with someone at 15 or 16 who is still biologically more like 10. I’m sure there’s no issues with development or fitting in there.

    Gender, like everything else, is becoming a “choice.” Such as at least two couples in the US who raised their children “gender neutral” until they finally had to declare a sex, and the pre-school in Sweden where again the children have no declared gender.

    The driving force behind this is the LGBT community and decrying “gender normative” roles. The boys who like to play with dolls and the girls who want to play like boys are the ones disadvantaged, and yet again the wishes of the minority not only should outweigh the majority but *knows better* than the majority.

    All of this is a really blatant “I can’t be what I want to be.” Over and over we’re told by the LGBT community that if they can just be “this way” then all will be happiness in their life. However, the transgender people I’ve met in real life have for the most part struck me not as satisfied with their life or “a woman who was born in a man’s body” but as people with a major identity disorder and unable to face who they are in the mirror, so they wipe that persona out and create an artificial one. Is that really healthy?

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