Puberty blockers can be ‘life-saving’ drugs for trans teens, study shows

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02/26/2020

Transgender youth have a much greater risk of suicide, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, if they have access to a puberty blocker, their chances of suicide and mental health problems in the immediate term and down the road decline significantly, a new study finds. The study, the first of its kind to examine access to pubertal suppression and suicidality, was published Thursday in the medical journal Pediatrics. The research comes as a handful of states are considering placing restrictions on transgender health care. One state, South Dakota is considering a law that would make it a felony for health care providers to prescribe medication to stop puberty, among other gender-affirming health care treatments. South Carolina and Missouri are also considering similar restrictions.

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