August 6, 2020
The Truth about 'Puberty Blockers'
A recent Washington Post article asserts that the effects of administration of puberty blockers (GnRHa) to minors presenting with gender dysphoria (GD) are “reversible.” In support, the Post cites an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Policy Statement. However, public sources and even the Policy Statement itself disclose information belying reversibility. The AAP Policy Statement states: “…reversibility is based on the little data that are currently available.” A report of an American Psychiatric Association (APA) Task Force clarifies there is not just an issue of little available data, but, rather, it is a complete lack of randomized controlled treatment outcome studies, and that is one reason why there is “no consensus” regarding treatment of children presenting with GD and why “opinions vary widely among experts” as to treatments. The policy statement further admits: “The effect...(Read Full Article)