Thursday, January 23, 2020

Medical Coverage

You probably read about all the states that are banning trans children from transitioning (I wrote about it here), well new research has shown how having proper medical care reduces negative impact on transitioning.
Transgender Care Access Tied to Less Suicidality
— But study finds that few who want pubertal suppression get it
MedPage Today
By Kristen Monaco
January 23, 2020

Receiving pubertal suppression during adolescence was linked with lower odds of lifetime suicidal ideation among transgender young adults, researchers reported.

In a survey of over 20,600 transgender adults, about 17% said they ever wanted to receive hormonal therapy to suppress puberty, but only 2.5% actually received this care.

However, those who received the pubertal suppression they wanted had significantly lower odds of lifetime suicidal ideation compared with those who never received this care (adjusted OR 0.3, 95% CI 0.2-0.6), according to Jack Turban, MD, of the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and colleagues.
Having received desired pubertal suppression in adolescence also was tied to a reduced risk for adulthood suicidal ideation in the past 12 months (OR 0.6, 95% CI 0.4-0.8) and half the odds of experiencing several psychological distress in the past month (OR 0.5, 95% CI 0.3-0.8).
With the states banning medical invention at the most critical time for trans children when they enter Tanner Stage II can have disastrous results.

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