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Hormone therapy improves mental health in transgender and non-binary youth


  • The study was conducted among 300 transgender and non-binary youth between the ages of 12 and 20.


  • Hormone supplements reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety


  • This is one of the largest studies ever conducted on the use of hormonal treatments in minors and young people.

was conducted during the study Two years in a group of 300 youth Between the Age of Transgender and Non-Binary 12 and 20 years, and concluded that hormone therapy received by young people produced Improvement in their symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Although the study cautions that most of the participants were of the same race and most presented late pubertal development, since there were some young people from 12 years and 20 yearsAs stated in its SMC (Science Media Center Spain) statement, the majority were of more intermediate age.

hormones that help prevent depression

Despite these details, “the study strongly shows Psychosocial benefits of gender-affirming hormone use in young trans and non-binary populations“, according to Dr. Adrián Carrasco Munera, specialist in family and community medicine and member of the LGTBIQ+ health group of the Madrid Society of Family and Community Medicine.

The findings of the report ensure that Hormonal therapy is beneficial for people who do not identify with their gender But for whom “their puberty towards a certain form can create discomfort and social vulnerability”, they assert in the conclusion.

According to Dr. Carrasco, this study “provides greater strength” because, unlike the others, it presents large number of patients and a long follow-up in time, since Youth were evaluated for 24 months.

Since there are more patients and it is done over a longer period of time, the results are better assessed. The effects of hormonal changes and how they positively impact the mental health of trans and non-binary youth.

Study doesn’t address transgender issue as a disease

Another important point of the article is that in contrast to previous recent publications, Doesn’t address dysphoria as an illness to be treated or as diagnostic coding, but avoids acknowledging that this is a reality that is evident in all trans people and He approaches it from the point of view of the discomfort and vulnerability that arises physically in some people.

For all these reasons, according to Carrasco “the study helps to shed light on the important benefit of being able to provide trans and non-binary children and youth with a hormonal accompaniment to their transition.” Above all, he offers “reassurance at a time when some voices persecute trans children and their experiences.

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