United States: The latest research revealed serious concerns about the treatment of testosterone treatment in female-to-male transsexual patients. 

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The authors noted that using their data, 94 percent of the patients they observed had pelvic floor dysfunction since using testosterone. 

Also, 87 percent of respondents had problems with the bladder; 53 percent reported experiencing sexual dysfunction, like feeling pain during sexual intercourse; and 74 percent of the respondents had complaints about the bowel concerning constipation and fecal incontinence. 

The findings of new research are published in the International Urogynecology Journal. 

What more do the experts have to say? 

Elaine Miller, a physiotherapist, during an interview with the Telegraph, stated young adult females should be warned against using testosterone, which appeared to be on “exactly the same trajectory” as women going through menopause, with the exception that they are facing such issues 20 or 30 years ahead of schedule. 

Testosterone Treatment Linked to Health Issues in Transgender Youth. Credit | AP
Testosterone Treatment Linked to Health Issues in Transgender Youth. Credit | AP

Miller said while talking about the toll complications such as these could take on a person’s life, “Wetting yourself is something that just is not socially acceptable, and it stops people from exercising; it stops them from having intimate relationships, it stops them from traveling, it has work impacts.” 

Young people and gender clinicians also discuss detransition as uneventful with no significance – just a part of continuous voyage of self-identification, unherd.com reported. 

The two leading ender clinicians in the US, Jack Turban and Johanna Olson-Kennedy, refer to “dynamic desires for gender-affirming medical interventions.” 

Moreover, some people use the term ‘retransition,’ which shows that there is a kind of parity between the decision to intervene in a patient’s ‘healthy body’ and the later decisions made on an ‘altered body.’ 

While waving off the concerns of patients for potentially having surgical regret among her young female patients, Olson-Kennedy said, “If you want breasts at a later point in your life, you can go and get them.” 

Life-altering effects of transition and detransition – Expert 

However, transition – or detransition – is not akin to the customization of an avatar or the removal of a kitchen, noted Olson-Kennedy. 

vThis has brought a question as to what hormonal and surgical interventions can be tendered to patients who are struggling with gender dysphoria

However, when these interventions ‘work,’ they only partially mimic the physical attributes and uses that medical technology cannot, in any case, achieve. 

Further, researchers also raised concerns about the potential of non-discovery of life post-operative complications relevant to transition since clients may be afraid of experiencing discrimination within health facilities or uncomfortable in discussing issues concerning body parts and bodily functions. 

Patients may also fear the loss of these therapies they have grown to believe is not only normal to their identity but critical for their existence. Common topics for conversation are aspects patients fail to disclose to their doctors, as they risk losing Hormone replacement therapy, unherd.com reported. 

Despite the emphasis on the importance of bodily control by the trans community, there is such a thing as having control over one’s body taken away due to medical issues that can ignore the right to enjoy life to the fullest. 

The young people who are currently queuing to be physically altered at gender clinics will not fully grasp the implications of being a medical pet. Many will learn about this in the future. The number of people who will learn about it in their lifetime is very high. 

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