Hi Cnnhahn. Do you know any of these people who have “detransitioned” personally? Or are you referring to accounts you’ve read somewhere? What’s the source? Because here’s the thing: detransitioning is rare. See this more recent medical study (2018) about how exceedingly rare it is. In this study, out of 22,725 patients, less than 0.3% sought detransition, and one of the reasons was due to “family rejection.” Not much change from earlier studies (like this 2002 one, where out of 3,398 patients, less than 1% went on to detransition).

Here’s an article that reports on how certain media outlets (such as the UK’s Sky News) vastly misrepresent and scaremonger by making up numbers where they do exist.

It’s also important to remember that if puberty blockers are stopped and no further hormonal interventions are given, puberty will resume as usual — per sex assigned at birth. Pre-pubescent children are not prescribed any hormonal interventions.

But the vast majority of trans kids who use puberty blockers to relieve their gender dysphoria do not change their minds about transitioning further. And even for the very small percentage of those who do, almost all of them have no regrets. Research from all credible medical organizations shows this, and they all show solidarity in their position statements that affirming trans youth is the best course of action.

Those statements of support can be found here, from the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), here, from the American Academy of Nursing, here, from the AMA (American Medical Association), here, from the American Psychiatric Association, here, from the APA (American Psychological Association), here, from the APHA (American Public Health Association), here, from the Endocrine Society, here, from the AACAP (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry), and here, from the WMA (World Medical Association). — These are only a few.

There was also a very large study of trans adolescents from the Netherlands which found that of all trans youth on puberty blockers, only 1.9% of those youth who began puberty blockers at the earliest stages of puberty ultimately decided to stop treatment, and only 0.5% of those had any regrets surrounding their transitions.

Detransitioning, when it does happen, also isn’t this big, undesired, nightmarish, embarrassing outcome that many conservatives tend to portray it as.

I actually have a friend who detransitioned. She’s a trans adult female. She was assigned male at birth, transitioned hormonally in late adolescence, then later de-transitioned back to male during a particularly rough period of time in her life, tried living as a cis male, got married to a cis woman, had a child, and ended up with debilitating depression and became suicidal, due to her gender dysphoria which came raging back.

Now in her late 40’s, she transitioned back to female again (a decade or so ago), and has spent the majority of her adulthood as a very happy, satisfied trans woman who is completely at peace, has no regrets, and is in a stable marriage with an adult trans male. What others might perceive as confusion or back-and-forth, for her, was nothing but an integral, necessary part of her gender journey.

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