300 trans children a year delay puberty

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Around 300 transgender children a year in the UK choose to take puberty-blocking drugs as they need more time to think about how they identify. The puberty-blocking treatment, which is reversible, allows transgender children to relieve themselves of some of the anxiety associated with development of facial hair, breasts, or deepening of the voice, which create extra obstacles or people who transition later. “Most young people welcome the ‘blocker’ intervention as helping them to feel more comfortable in their bodies while holding future gender options open,” noted a study on gender dysphoria in children and adolescents by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, the country’s main specialized centre on gender issues based in London and Leeds, recalled in one of the latest publications. According to the study, more research needs to be done to understand the psychological benefits of the treatment on children of different ages. The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust has also seen an increase in the number of minors who visit the clinic—2,519 last year alone, 25 percent more compared to the previous year, for an average of around 50 patients a week. According to doctors, the increasing number of young people referred to the clinic is due to a variety of factors, including publicly discussing transgender issues in the modern society and spreading the awareness of medical services for trans people.

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