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  1. Arti says:

    In this respect the resumption of puberty occurs around the ‘expected age’ in children and will be in line with other aspects of physiological and psychological adolescent development. In these children puberty blocking drugs are normally withdrawn around the age of 12 and menstruation in girls commences about 1 year later. Proponents of the use of puberty blockers say that not only do these drugs relieve the distressing symptoms of ‘the wrong puberty’ in childhood but also prevent the body from undergoing irreversible changes which then have to be modified surgically during adulthood. However, what is rarely discussed is the effect on the reproductive and sexual development of the child. For example, permanent growth of breasts in females which may necessitate a double mastectomy in the future. Alternatively, permanent facial hair growth in males which may necessitate its removal in the future. The evidence of ‘reversibility’ is from studies in a alternative set of children; namely children with precocious puberty (a puberty disorder in which puberty commences very early. Since its rare for children with gender issues to stop taking puberty blockers this also means there have been no long term studies to show that normal puberty will resume in these children. Technically this is before the age of 8 in girls but could be as young as pre-school age).

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