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bitspace t1_j53dgx9 wrote

I think everyone in this thread would benefit from reading this investigative piece that Reuters published last month.

The article posted by u/WapsuSisilija is light, is a single low-powered observational study, and is by no means representative of scientific consensus, because there is no consensus.

This is a very complicated issue. It appears to be true that there are mental health improvements for people who have been able to transition, but the studies that show this have all been done over the course of only a few years. Some studies that have followed people post-transition for longer than a few years shows a higher incidence of regret, and a substantially higher number of people for whom their mental health challenges did not improve after transition.


smartest_kobold t1_j540huw wrote

I just read through it.

It makes a pretty good case for better long term assessment of various types for gender affirming care for minors, but "higher" incidence or regret" was 4/200 instead of 2/200.

>substantially higher number of people for whom their mental health challenges did not improve after transition.

Lots of confounding variables with this number, given the rates of employment and social discrimination trans people face.


Gotta_Gett t1_j53p9g0 wrote

These short studies don't surprise me or mean much personally. I've been prescribed steroids for skin conditions. They made me feel amazing. I wasn't tired after staying up 48hrs. Never felt better than when I was on steroids.


glockster19m t1_j59xtzo wrote

You realize that anabolic steroids and corticosteroids are very different

And you sure as hell didn't get anabolic steroids for a skin condition


Gotta_Gett t1_j5a2ap6 wrote

They bind to different receptors but they are all steroids. TRT has been shown to increase energy and sex drive.

> People with normal testosterone levels are sometimes treated with testosterone at the recommendation of their doctors or they obtain the medication on their own. Some have recommended it as a "remedy" for aging. For example, a study from Harvard Medical School in 2003 found that even among men who started out with normal testosterone results noted loss of fat, increased muscle mass, better mood, and less anxiety when receiving testosterone therapy. Similar observations have been noted among women. However, the risks and side effects of taking testosterone when the body is already making enough still discourages widespread use.


Jtagz OP t1_j53ucvr wrote

I think you’re confused friend as I don’t know what you’re talking about. I posted no such article in this entire thread. All I posted was the link to the bill and that’s it.