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Gender Affirming Therapy Is Dangerous


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PRO shall only argue that Gender Affirming Therapy is Dangerous

CON shall only argue that Gender Affirming Therapy is NOT Dangerous

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All terms shall first be defined from MedicineNet's Medical Dictionary available here:

And if MedicineNet's Medical Dictionary cannot provide a definition, then Merriam Webster's Online Dictionary available at will be used for all other words.

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Gender Affirming Therapy: the process of making a transgender individual identify with their personal belief about their gender, including surgery, medication, psychotherapy, and any other forms of counseling.

Transgender: a person who does not identify with their biological sex.

Dangerous: hazardous to personal health.

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Round 1
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Medical Organizations Affirm The Dangers Of Gender Affirming Therapy:

Gender Affirming Therapy is a dangerous, unorthodox "treatment" that has been denounced by the American College of Pediatricians [1] and the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare [2].

The American College of Pediatricians has stated concerning Gender Affirming Therapy:

There is not a single long term study to demonstrate the safety or efficacy of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and surgeries for transgender-believing youth. This means that youth transition is experimental, and therefore, parents cannot provide informed consent, nor can minors assent to these interventions. Moreover, the best long-term evidence we have among adults shows that medical intervention fails to reduce suicide. [1]
Moreover, the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare concurred in February of 2022:

Based on the results that emerged, the National Board of Health and Welfare's overall conclusion is that the risks of puberty-inhibiting and gender-affirming hormone treatment for those under 18 currently outweigh the possible benefits for the group as a whole. [2]
In addition to these authoritative medical institutions, world-renowned psychologist Dr. Christopher Gillberg, has called Gender Affirming Therapy "one of the biggest scandals in medical history." [3]

Moreover, a peer-reviewed study published in the Dutch Journal of Medicine says Gender Affirming Therapy leads to increased cancer, stroke, deep vein blood clots, and heart disease risk:

Transgender women have a higher risk of venous thromboembolism, stroke and meningioma compared to cisgender men and cisgender women. Compared to cisgender men, transgender women have a higher risk of breast cancer and transgender women > 50 years old have a higher risk of fractures. •Transgender men have a higher risk of myocardial infarction than cisgender women. Their risk of fracture is just as high as that of cisgender women and their risk of breast cancer is lower. [4]
The Serious And Life-threatening Side Effects Of Transgender Medications:

The medications used for Gender Affirming Therapy have dangerous side effects. For instance, Finasteride (a.k.a. Proscar) [6] causes prostate cancer, as, the premier pharmaceutical reference monitored by medical institutions states:

Using finasteride may increase your risk of developing a serious form of prostate cancer. Ask your doctor about this risk. [5]
Another medication commonly used in Gender Affirming Therapy, Estradiol, [6] increases risks of strokes, blood clots, and heart attacks. As per

Using this medicine can increase your risk of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack. You are even more at risk if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, if you are overweight, or if you smoke. [7]
And Medroxyprogesterone, another medication administered for Gender Affirming Therapy, [6] is known to increase risk for dementia, heart disease, and strokes:

Medroxyprogesterone should not be used to prevent heart disease, stroke, or dementia. This medicine may actually increase your risk of developing these conditions. [8]
Studies Confirm Gender Affirming Surgery Is Dangerous And Filled With Post-Surgical Complications

A peer-reviewed study published in 2019 in the journal Annals of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery found that Gender Affirming Surgeries carry a dangerously high risk of infection and hematoma:

In 37% of patients we had repeated compressive dressings and 15% of them required blood transfusions. Eighteen percent of patients presented with hematoma and 27% with early infectious complications. Delayed short-depth neovagina occurred in 21% of patients, requiring additional hard dilatation, with a 95.5% success rate. Total secondary vaginoplasty rate was 6.3% (4.7% skin graft and 3.7% bowel plasty). [9]

Additionally, an article published in the Journal The Linacre Quarterly reports the dangerous psychological state that Gender Affirming Surgery leaves patients in:

As stated by the authors, “At the most simple level, these data suggest that significant change in adjustment scores may be achieved either through surgery or through the passage of time in association with some contact and acceptance into an organized evaluation program” (Meyer and Reter 1979). The conclusion was that SRS was not successful in treating this condition and led to the discontinuation of SRS at Johns Hopkins.

In spite of these early findings, and lack of contravening evidence that SRS conveyed any benefits compared with any unoperated-upon control groups, the practice of SRS has continued and has been extended into younger age groups. In a 2015, Boston study of 180 transsexual youth who had undergone SRS (106 female-to-male; 74 male-to-female), these youth had a twofold to threefold increased risk of psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety disorder, suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, self-harm without lethal intent, and both inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment compared to a control group of youth (Reisner et al. 2015). [10]
CONCLUSION: Gender Affirming Therapy Is Dangerous, Scientifically Unfounded, And A Public Health Threat

The consensus of authorities, peer-reviewed research, and experts all agree that Gender Affirming Surgery is dangerous and ineffective to treat the crippling psychological problem of gender dysphoria.


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