Sweden Ends Use of Puberty Blockers for Children Under Age 16

Last month, Sweden became the first country to stop the practice of prescribing puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to children under 16 who are experiencing gender dysphoria. The Karolinska Hospital in Sweden recently published its decision, based on a 2019 overview of treatment options published by the Swedish Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Assessment of Social Services. The agency found that there was a lack of evidence for the long-term effects of the treatments and the reasons for the recent large increase in gender dysphoric patients. In addition, the treatments pose irreversible side effects, such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, infertility, increased cancer risk, and thrombosis. 

For patients between the ages of 16 and 18, treatment may occur only after the patient receives comprehensive information about the treatment and undergoes an assessment to determine whether she is capable of truly consenting to treatment.

June 15, 2021 - 12:17pm

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