Advocates for things like mandatory Medicaid coverage for transgender hormone treatment or reassignment surgery have a problem. Sexual reassignment surgery does not decrease anxiety in people with gender dysphoria; it makes it worse.
We learn this after a report that tried to show positive results regarding anxiety after treatment or surgery had to transition to one that discovered the opposite.
“…over the weekend, the editors of the journal and the authors of the paper issued a correction. In the words of the authors, “the results demonstrated no advantage of surgery in relation to subsequent mood or anxiety disorder-related health care.”
The long and short of it is this. Advocates for surgical transition as a cure for the anxiety of gender dysphoria are misleading those who suffer from it.
The largest dataset on sex-reassignment procedures—both hormonal and surgical—reveals that such procedures do not bring the promised mental health benefits. …
Individuals diagnosed with gender incongruence who had received gender-affirming surgery were more likely to be treated for anxiety disorders compared with individuals diagnosed with gender incongruence who had not received gender-affirming surgery.
That does not discount the anxiety or mental health issues that result from believing you are in the wrong body just that the treatment being advanced – and the loudest voices are political and special interest – doesn’t solve the problem and often makes things worse. But that’s not the limit of the health risks.
Transgenders kill themselves at a much higher rate than the general population. And it’s not because they are not accepted by the community at large. Nearly 42% of transgender kids try to kill themselves, and over 6300 “patients have died from using hormone blockers since 2013 – many of them children.
Top it all off with this fact. Taxpayers are forced to finance transitions, including surgery through Medicaid. You are forced by #woke legislators and (quite often) their Republican water-carriers to fund something that, based on this research, makes matters worse.