Jun 5, 2023

Transgender Surgeries Don't Improve Mental Health, Peer-Reviewed Studies Show

The research serves as yet another blow to the popular narrative that “gender-affirming care” has solid scientific backing.

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By Hudson Crozier

What’s new: Transgender surgeries do not improve patients’ sense of life satisfaction and lead to greater feelings of loneliness and isolation, according to two peer-reviewed studies from German researchers at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf.

What they found: People with gender dysphoria who underwent surgical transition reported “higher loneliness levels” than gender-dysphoric people who didn’t. Those with gender dysphoria, especially children, tend to have lower life satisfaction than the general population, and it doesn’t get any better after transgender surgery.

Why it matters: The research serves as yet another blow to the popular narrative that transgender treatments have solid scientific backing and are beneficial to mental health. In fact, studies used to justify these procedures are often deeply flawed, and insiders of the sex-change industry acknowledge the dangers associated with this form of “care.”

In politics: The Biden administration continues to promote sex changes for minors, claiming that “there is no debate in the medical community about the … validity of gender-affirming care” while quietly funding research to learn more about its effects. Blue states like California have moved to make themselves “sanctuaries,” offering sex-change procedures to children from red states where such procedures are increasingly being banned.

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