These kids who regret their ‘sex change’

It could be one of the biggest health scandals of our time: changing the sex of the babies who demand it without measuring the consequences. Blanche Streep, Director of Training and Research at Alliance Vita, relays the cry of alarm from childhood professionals.

The Academy of Medicine is talking about an epidemic-like phenomenon. A psychoanalyst from the Hospital Pitié-Salpêtrière receives young people interested in the issue of transidentity for counseling raises a “tidal wave”. They are already more and more numerous, younger and younger to express this deep mess: a sense of belonging to the opposite sex other than sex, or sometimes “no sex.” Many of them initiate social transformations (by changing first name, appearance, and behavior) and sometimes medical transformations (by injecting hormones, resorting to surgery, and for younger children, by administering puberty blockers).

In France, as in many countries, the numbers and the increase in them are staggering. For example, the number of recipients of ALD (long-term) diagnosed with a diagnosis of trans identity or gender dysphoria shows 10 times as many admissions in 2020 compared to 2013. Requests for surgery for interventions or removal of the breast or genitals quadrupled between 2012 And 2020. A child psychiatrist in charge of the Center for Adolescent Reception (CAA) in Paris certifies this: “Ten years ago, we received about ten applications per year, and today the number of applications is ten per month, only for the Île region de France “. But today, a lot of young people who regret it are getting out of the woodwork. They are called “detransitioners”. Have they, over time, ended up “making peace” with their gender? In the meantime, they have sinned, and they have been deceived. It is often too late. Their misfortune has led them to the highway to commute, a journey sometimes without return because some decisions are irreversible.

A lot of trans men talk about not being able to cry with a high dose of testosterone in your body, and it affected me too.

This is the case of Anna, who bears witness in columns Parisian (3/5/2022). As a teenager, feeling bad about herself, she discovered online pluralism and found herself there. Her parents support her. After a few self-described “quick” medical appointments, she’ll start her testosterone at 14, be Sasha, and have a mastectomy (removal of the breast) at 16. At 19, his descent into hell began. It does not tame “this new sex”. She regrets. She realizes that she is indeed a woman, but now she has a flat chest and a deep voice. Hormones stop. Her periods have returned, so she’s hoping her fertility won’t change permanently. Today, she laments that “the deep reasons why I had to change sex were never addressed. I was put on the right track” and realized that “puberty is not the ideal time to make such choices.”

The Keira Bell case

His case is not isolated. Transmission removal device associations are beginning to emerge in the United States, Canada, Belgium, England, Sweden… In the United Kingdom, the Keira Bell case made headlines and brought this painful topic to the fore. This young woman, who became a trans man, filed a complaint against the clinic that treated her. She maintains that she does not have the capacity to consent, even if she was the one who requested access to this medical transition. “As I progressed in my transition, I realized that I was not a man and that I never would be. As I matured, I realized that gender dysphoria was a symptom of my general misery, not the cause of it,” she explains. The case has just been closed. She lost her case, even though the High Court of London, in first instance, had stopped prescribing pubertal blockers to children, finding that before the age of 13 a child was “unlikely to be eligible to consent to the administration of pubertal inhibitors”And And that before the age of 16, they can only take this treatment if they understand the immediate and long-term consequences.

Addressing parents, she recommends that they be vigilant when faced with questions from their children about transient identity or their discomfort (…

Obviously, the difficulty lies not in the quality of the information given and received, but in the children’s ability to understand and evaluate this information, to visualize the scope of such decisions that will make them sick for life. How, for example, to measure the consequences of losing fertility even though we are still far from any desire to have a child? Keira Bell shares her uncut story. “Five years after my medical transition to becoming a man, I began the process of canceling my transition. A lot of trans men talk about not being able to cry with a high dose of testosterone in your body, and it affected me too: I couldn’t shake my feelings. One of the first signs that I was becoming Kira again was – fortunately, finally – I was able to cry. And I had a lot to cry about.”

Alarm cry

In the face of these tragedies, voices rise. The Academy of Medicine calls the attention of the medical community and requests “extreme medical caution in children and adolescents, given the vulnerability, particularly psychological, of this population and the many undesirable effects, and even serious complications, which some of the available treatments can cause.” Addressing parents, she recommends that they be vigilant when faced with questions from their children about relocation or distress, emphasizing the addictive nature of excessive consultation with social networks, which is detrimental to the psychological development of young people and responsible for a very important part of the growing sense of gender ambivalence.

A real alarm shriek was sounded at the exhibition sincere by many associations of childhood professionals as well as fifty personalities – doctors, thinkers, psychologists, judges, sociologists and feminist activists – from very different intellectual horizons, such as Elisabeth Badinter, Jean-Pierre Winter, Chantal Delsol, René Friedman or again Xavier Emmanuelli:” It is necessary to inform as many citizens, of all professions, of all backgrounds, of all ages, of what tomorrow could appear as one of the greatest health and moral scandals, which we would have seen without saying a word: the commodification of children’s bodies.”

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