We accept teenagers taking the pill - why don't we feel the same about puberty blockers?

By Mike Fishmore | April 20, 2024

Gender dysphoria

Puberty blockers are prescribed to adolescents as part of gender-affirming treatment for transgender youth. 
 

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These medications are administered to individuals diagnosed with gender dysphoria once they have reached a specific stage of puberty, halting further physical changes that may cause distress to the patient.
 

Normal development

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For instance, it stops young transgender girls from developing facial hair and experiencing a deepening voice, or transgender boys from developing larger breasts and wider hips – changes that are typically part of normal development for cisgender individuals but can cause significant distress for many transgender or non-binary individuals.