The Portman clinic has treated 124 kids since 1989. It requires children to live as the gender they were born with. And 80 percent of its patients — once grown — chose as adults to keep their biological gender.
The opposite outcome was seen by the researchers in the Netherlands who first developed the hormone-blocking treatment. They have treated 100 patients and all chose — as adults — to live as the opposite sex.
I'm curious. The Portman clinic is in London. Why the vast difference?
Either the London clinic is not screening their patients enough or London is more homophobic than the Netherlands which caused the respondents to change their minds.
I personally would support it. If they are indeed transgender then these treatments would make their lives so much easier. Not having to deal with the judgment of society.
The side-effect (infertility) only happens when they decide to take the next stage (in which case, they are sure that they are transgender) so it's a win-win situation.
It enables the child (and the parents) to think more about what he/she really wants. In this way, the parents spare the child the humiliation of being an obvious transgender later on in life. The child can be himself/herself without it being obvious that he/she was not born that way. If it spares my child the pain of ostracization, why the hell not?!pdxboxer
, you need to read it more closely, the treatment BUYS TIME. It enables the child to wait until s/he is 16 and has thought about it really hard
. If s/he changes his mind s/he simply stops the treatments and allow his own hormones to continue developing him into a man. If s/he is absolutely sure s/he is transgender then s/he takes the estrogens.
WITHOUT the treatment, a boy will still grow up to be a man, whether s/he wants it or not.
WITH the treatment, the boy will have to decide at 16 (And not 10, like the rest of us) whether s/he want to be a man or a woman.
In both cases, s/he can change his mind and still grow up a normal male. If s/he maintains her transexuality, s/he will be infertile BUT closer to the body s/he wanted to be in anyway.carthesis
, the sister said it best:Melina, who is 14, says she sometimes thinks about what it would be like if she woke up every day to a body that was slowing turning male. If she were growing in ways that felt alien and frightening.
"To go through the process of the gender that you're really not ... that must be the most scariest most disgusting thing ... I can't even imagine what that's like," she says.
I disagree. Gender is strongly biological. Okay, imagine yourself waking up and growing boobs. Would you still say that you're still a man? Of course you're still a man inside, but WTF, you have boobs?! That's probably the way transgenders see it.
(Man I wish the FTMs here would speak up more
But I understand why though).
What you and pdxboxer seem to be against is more in the hormone treatments because it is 'not natural'. Well, it isn't natural. But then so is insulin for diabetics, or antibiotics, or HIV medication, or antidepressants.
The human body, like it or not, is a chemically driven machine with electrical cybernetics. LOL There is nothing WRONG with manipulating it for better results, we've been doing that (albeit crudely - make-up, body modification, tattoos, etc) for millenia.
Not everything 'natural' is good for you, same goes for things 'unnatural', but this isn't one of those, so ease up on the purist thing.