The Swedish research team, Uppdrag Granskning, revealed that at least 13 children in Stockholm, Sweden, subjected to hormone-blocking treatments to promote their gender change, suffer serious adverse effects and even physical deformities. 

According to chief physician and pediatric endocrinologist Ricard Nergårdh, who treats transgender children, the hormones applied to them to thwart normal pubertal development can affect them, Swedish media outlet SVT reported Nov. 24. 

“It’s chemical castration. It can affect mental health in a way that you didn’t think of and didn’t want. It is very important that the patient and the patient’s family are well informed about it,” Nergårdh said.

And he added that these treatments should be applied for two years as a “reasonable” time to reduce the risk of side effects, and bone monitoring, including bone density monitoring, is also necessary.

The researchers, who are known for using hidden cameras and unconventional procedures, reported on the critical case of Leo, a girl who began to be treated with these chemicals from the age of 11, which her mother now regrets. 

Leo told her parents at age 10 that she was a boy, and a year later the application of hormones that would stop puberty began at Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital. 

His mother, Natalie, related that he hurt himself in the past and isolated himself at home, but when the chemical procedure was started he felt a little better, only for a short time. 

“He felt so bad that he tried suicide attempts on several occasions. We didn’t understand, we thought our child would feel better from the treatment,” Natalie expressed.

Later he complained of permanent back pain. It was not until he was 15 years old that he was examined with X-rays, and it was discovered that two of his vertebrae were deformed, he was also diagnosed with osteoporosis, and his growth had stalled. 

In this case, he had been given treatment for more than twice the recommended time, and the hospital admitted responsibility for what happened. 

“Naturally, there is anger towards those who were trusted. But also towards yourself, I am the one who should protect my son, but somehow I didn’t,” Natalie said.

Uppdrag Granskning obtained documentation related to adverse effects suffered by 13 children who were treated with procedures similar to Leo’s.

These include liver damage, liver failure, liver cancer, obesity, stunted growth, deterioration of mental health, regret about having requested gender reassignment after irreversible changes. Also, anxiety and suicidal thoughts were experienced.

There are numerous cases of regrets of people who change sex, as is the case of Walt Heyer, a biological man who was transsexual, and then undo the so-called ‘transition’. 

For Heyer the so-called gender dysphoria “is really child abuse,” presented to children by adults, and that a person “is not born with it,” according to his words in the video.

He believes that wanting to change sex is used as an excuse to hide abuse.

“It’s a way to escape, and this is where dissociation comes into play. You don’t want to be who you are, so you try to be someone else, and you don’t want to be who you are because you’ve been hurt, something happened to you,” he said.

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