What are puberty blockers? Arkansas ban puts spotlight on hormone treatment

What are puberty blockers? Arkansas ban puts spotlight on hormone treatment

4/8/2021 12:31:00 AM

What are puberty blockers? Arkansas ban puts spotlight on hormone treatment

Puberty blockers can be prescribed to both cisgender and transgender children, and be used in treatments for adults as well.

"We do know that blockers are associated with a decrease in suicide, and we also know that the blockers are associated with a reduction of depression as well," Salas-Humara said."I definitely see clinical practice patients who come in and they're extremely anxious and depressed about the possibly of facial hair or breast development, and then we start the blocker and they're relieved. It's a weight off them. They have less depression, less anxiety, they're just able to function and be themselves in an authentic way."

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What are the downsides of puberty blockers?Safer said that research shows that the largest issue with the continued use of puberty blockers is that you need sex hormones, which are paused by the blockers, to maintain bone health."We know from kids with precocious puberty that if you give puberty blockers for a year or so, they end up pretty much in the same place, from a bone health perspective," Safer said."That seems quite safe."

June 16, 202002:28While Safer said he might be"nervous" to leave a child on a puberty blocker for an"extended period of time," that is not the normal prescription process for blockers: Usually they are used for a year or two at a time. Once that time is up, children will either headtopics.com

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