Sweden urges caution on puberty blockers, transgender surgeries | World News

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A Swedish health board’s updated treatment guidelines for gender dysphoric youth emphasize a more cautious approach to treating minors with the condition, appearing to coincide with a hospital’s recent steps to cut back on providing puberty blockers to trans-identifying children.

On Dec. 16, Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare (NBHW) released its updated knowledge support for gender dysphoric children. In the announcement, NBHW noted that treatment for such individuals “has been characterized by both deficiencies in accessibility and a lack of knowledge about the results of the care.”

“It is important that children and young people who suffer from gender dysphoria are taken seriously, treated well and offered adequate care,” Thomas Lindén, head of department at the National Board of Health and Welfare, stated.

The board emphasized that there has not been “sufficient” follow-up and documentation to assess the effect of prescribing puberty-blocking drugs and cross-sex hormones to minors with gender dysphoria.

Sweden urges caution on puberty blockers, transgender surgeries | World News

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