Something which i was previously very ignorant of is 'gender confirmation surgery', or as we called it back in my day 'a sex change', a growing quest for transgender people to fix the gender they were mistakenly born into.
Coming with a bill of between £100,000 and £200,000 depending on which gender you are fixing to become, it is not cheap but there are some very worrying and shocking aspects to the increasingly popular trend.
The full process starts with cross sex hormones which are puberty blockers surgery for both sexes and then for males wishing to go female, they first have their testicles removed, their penis inverted and a surgically created vagina and breast implants fitted.
For biological females, breasts are amputated, the ovaries and uterus removed and a penis and testicles constructed and for both sexes, after the surgery, patients face a lifetime of taking estrogen or testosterone hormones.
With America leading the way, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, doctors performed 8,304 sex change operations in 2017 and in 2018, that number had risen to 9,576.
The American Heart Association have said that hormone blockers increase the risk of strokes, cancer, blood clots and heart attacks but worryingly the age that hormone blockers can be, and have been prescribed, is eight years old.
That doctors are issuing puberty blockers to children in preparation of non-reversible gender confirmation surgery is beyond appalling, a girl as young as 15 can request a mastectomy without parental permission and at no stage is a medical psychiatric test required.
The organisation that’s writing the treatment guidelines for transgender patients, The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) who advise doctors on procedures to follow, is run by the company Veritas, a company who sit on the advisory boards for Lipocrine Pharma, a company that produces hormones, most notably the pre-surgery cross sex hormones and post surgery estrogen or testosterone hormones.
That nobody has seriously queried the ethics of the WPATH holding an advisory role in determining what treatments are given (and advising against psychiatric testing) in turn being advised by a company that makes large profits from the procedures they advise is stupefying.
That such a life changing procedure can be offered to an eight year old, an age when Santa is still faintly real and they can barely tie their own laces, is abhorrent and that someone is making millions off the back of it is shameful.
I say if you are even thinking about it, think about it seriously and if you are old enough to be mature enough to decide to go ahead with it and can afford it then that is your decision but be aware that if your unhappiness does not stem from the genitals that you pull your underwear over each morning, then you have changed your life immeasurably for nothing.i