Gender dysphoria is a difficult thing. I know a few folks who have it and it affect every waking moment.
Being able to put a “slow-down” on the puberty process allows for thinking and living time. It’s still bad but at least it’s not getting worse day by day. For trans girls, putting it bluntly, testicles stay the same, puberty hair growth doesn’t increase, penis stops lengthening and thickening, leg and arm hair doesn’t continue lengthening and thickening. Voice stops deepening. Bone thickening, lengthening, adams apple, all that stuff just slows way down or stops.
So the trans girl gets time. Time to explore life as a girl. Time for family to adjust. Time for friends to adjust. Time for psychotherapy, group therapy, time to go through school, be a teenager and that added pressure of this gender dysphoria is _potentially_ managable simply by not getting worse daily.
Estrogen therapy also can be an option during this time, another reversible therapy.
Finally, hitting age majority or close to it, now she can start making harder, forever decisions. Surgery? Remain as is? Start the puberty clock again and carry forth as as he?
Time. It’s a lucky thing this is available now. If it’s this or suicide, this is a far superior option.
I don’t think so. It just shifts start/stop times of a body process.
Puberty can start at 8. It can start at 15 – and that’s a common range, right within norms.
The drugs they use are old drugs, around forever. Routinely used to treat precocious puberty. It works equally on boys and girls.
I looked it up a few months back as I had no idea how it REALLY starts. And it’s weirder than I thought it would be.
It starts about 8 years old. It’s a drip-drip-drip of a biochemical, slowly percolating through the body.
Effects don’t usually show up for YEARS – and it’s the exact same biochemical in boys and girls, starting around the exact same time, about 2nd-3rd grade.
Had no idea it was that soon but it makes sense.
It took me a while to find it when *I* looked it up too.
EVERYTHING focuses on “effects”. But almost nothing about the *cause*. Well, GnRH is it.
It has a “pulse frequency”. It’s TIMED. So weird. Drip… drip… drip.. all on a clock.
So by stopping the clock, it’s actually stops the clock.
Well, there’s intellectual and emotional development which comes through life experiences – and that’s not always social. It can be introspection as well, which can take actual clock time.
I had one kid on Vine that followed me. About 9 or so, liked my stupid Vines. I had 12000 followers so I didn’t focus on any much.
But, I’d occasionally go over to various profiles, scroll through a few posts, hit a few likes and go on.
Well this one I noticed over about a year’s time got angrier and angrier – unusually so. I think he was over in England or Scotland or something but I was almost thinking “Somebody ought to call somebody”.
Anyway, didn’t give it a whole lot of thought but I noticed it.
One day, in a Vine, he slams down a bottle of pills and yells, PUBERTY. I’M FUCKING 10 YEARS OLD. FUCK ME BUT THIS WILL STOP IT.
Next saw a vine of his a few months later and was doing normal stupid Vine things, disappearing through walls or whatever.
Weirdest thing. Was it free? I dunno, but it worked.
Wasn’t just anger. His vines had oddly advanced sexual humor references and things that weren’t age normal at all. The uncle in me had a spot of concern for this kid but all I could do is report it but what good would that do? So I let it be. He got parents. And I’m assuming they noticed it too, got him to a doctor who figured it out and got him the pills.
without it? If it was back in old days, probably would’ve got put into a home or something, whisked away somewhere.
Maybe it’s all social after all But imagine having all the bad emotional / psychological effects of being 15 years old but you’re 10 lacking peers or parents or general life understanding that matches. It’s a curse.
I think of it like any other medical condition. If a kid’s got cancer, you treat it. Flu? You treat it. There’s medicines and therapies with higher success rates than back surgery, so why not?