In the last few years more young Australians are opting to take puberty
blockers to stop their body developing certain physical characteristics.
Doctors are prescribing hormone replacement drugs to people as young as 12,
although it isn’t permanent it can have side effects. LiveTribers, how
young is too young? Can a 12-year-old make such a big medical decision about
their future? Are you surprised how many young people opt for this sort of
treatment these days?
Posted by on 02 Mar 2020
In my point of view, i think they should just let their body develop naturally.
Because you will never know the side effects of the drugs or whatever it is
you’re using or they’re using just to develop their body on the fastest
Children of the age of 12 may think they 'know' something however they do not
have the emotional maturity or emotional intelligence to understand the
implications of their 'choice'. People change as they become older so just
because they do or don't want to be (whatever) at age 12 does NOT mean at age
16, 18, 21, 25 etc that that choice will be the same.
I personally think that by giving people of any age so many options that this
adds to the confusion they are feeling about themselves.
The problem is in this day and age , technology allows us to learn just about
everything . When you are at an age like 12 , you know everything in your mind ,
and information is freely available , by making an electronic enquiry . The
problem with this is the solutions that they seek , come from bloggers , some
may be right , some wrong and some speculators . That is all it is an opinion
and everyone has one . This is a difficult question to answer eg. I get asked
constantly , what is the fastest production car in the world . This becomes a
problem for me as , will they be buying one ? The no.1 status changes from week
to week ! What is meant by fastest ? Will they hold me to this to settle a bet
What i can share with you on this subject , on whether you're too young !
No matter or amount of schooling that you've had . There is only one question ,
have you been through the school of life ? There is so much information out
there to absorb , people are learning every day . If you are 12 you ain't seen
nuthin . When you are living you're life , you will see and do things that your
tiny mind can't even comprehend . I say while you are young , enjoy life , do
moto-x , climb rocks till you break a couple of bones . Above all take the time
out to forget about yourself for an instant and do something kind for a stranger
, make this a routine at least once a day . And you will have going through your
body the biggest hit of a drug called Dopamine . It will make you a better
person , and see through the trees and clouds , that have been retarding you !
The Youth of Australia should NOT be able to make such rational decisions,
Doctors need to think about the psychological phase a child goes through. Also,
children of that age opt to be different and make life-changing decisions to
become the centre of attention. The Youth which undergoes such treatment will
regret this in years to come and become depressed. As an alternative, there
should be sessions with a Psychologist to discuss the process and why they want
to go forward with Puberty Blockers. The minimum age should be raised
dramatically and decisions should come down to the Psychologist and Caregivers
to ensure they are making the right choice.
I think 12 is far too young. I think there have always been kids who wished
they were a different gender, but since social media, it has sky rocketed. So
how do you know whether a child is serious, or is attention seeking or wanting
to be different. Over the decades kids have embraced all kinds of things to be
cool or to shock parents/society, but today you also have some parents who are
more than happy to plant the seed in their child's head at a young age. We know
a family where their daughter believed she was a dog up to age 11 and would act
like a dog & bark etc. At first we thought it was just a case of her imitating
a dog, but this went on for years, with the parents buying her a dog bowl to
drink water from! Then at 16 she decided she should be a man.
There are many factors that determine our gender and how our bodies develop. No
one under the age of 18 should be prescribed any treatments that may alter the
way they develop. In an age where it seems trendy to support these kinds of
decisions, I wonder how many of those that provide support to these kids are
aware of the statistics around suicide or attempted suicide by not just
children, but even adults who find they are just so confused, they see no other
way. If an adult makes a choice, they have to live with it. Where adults and
professionals support these kids, there is a high chance that the child will
grow up confused and may take extreme action as a result. As a society, we have
a responsibility to allow our kids just to be kids. They can make the decision
themselves once they mature.
People have one of 2 genes male or female nothing else you are born the way you
are supposed to be when are people going to stop playing God and tampering with
everything mankind is not just it's own worst enemy but also to every other
living being that also shares our planet
No. Kids need to grow to learn. What are the long term consequences of drugs,
any drugs legal or not? How much is the community to pay for the hormones,
medical, hospital. When it's cut off "cold Turkey" and their body craves, the
brain wants another hit. Are we legally producing more addicts.
I do think it should only be allowed when you are an adult and legal that is 18
in Australia.. what child at 12 years old should understand the devastating
impacts the medication could have on them.in the future if they change their
mind. Do we slow 12 year olds to buy guns or drive cars
I feel it is very young but I think one has to look at each person and have
medical, parental, and other help before the decision is made.
Too often in the past these situations were hidden and caused physiological
problems having to deny who they were. I cannot therefore say to someone they
should not explore their options but I think it is a road to be taken carefully
and with all the help available.
THIS! This is the answer i was also going to write.
It does seem young, but many children and teens who feel like aliens in their
own bodies need all the help they can get. Not only help, but understanding.
When i say help, i mean help to access doctors, medical professionals,
psychologists, and other people and places who can work with the individual and
their parents to determine if these medications/hormone blockers, etc are what
the child needs to feel at peace with themself, with their TRUE self which may
or may not be how they were born.
We need to be understanding, caring, show empathy, we need to accept people for
who they truly are, not who or what we want them to be.
It should be handled on a case by case basis as each person is an individual, we
are not all "textbook cases".
Yet 18 is old enough to fight for your country, vote, legally drink, etc. I am
not sure how I would react if it was my child but hopefully not reactionary. I
would seek advice with the child and give them the opportunity to really explore
the options available and ensure this is what is they really want and need.
Let the children grow up only when the child becomes an adult should a Doctor be
able to prescribe these types of drugs and in cases where medically they are
needed and only after thorough consultation with parents and guardians
Yes I do , and I believe there is too much interfearance by others into this
scenario . Let the children grow uo naturally and normally they will find there
own way . In my opinion schools / education , have no business being involved
with this subject with students , and need to stick to academia .
No I agree, schools do not have the right to interfere in these decisions but I
also think the young people know they are different i.e. girl in boys body and
visa versa. I think from the age they feel this then they need professional
help to understand their feelings and hopefully with their parents beside them
helping them to make a fully informed decision. Perhaps age 12 is young but it
also depends on the relevant person.
The trouble is with people who think they are "normal" try to push their ideas
and beliefs onto the person involved. People are still killed, beaten, jailed,
abused and ostracised because they are homosexual / lesbians etc.
Understanding and informed help is needed and not some over emotional
Definately 12 years old is far too young to make a decision in regards tobtheir
physical appearance that may inpact not only the health but appearance!
"So" I totally say that 12 yrs is far far too young to even think about this,
let alone adopt something that could impact their health and life forever!
Dear 12 Year Olds. Just listen to the Science; your brain is NOT fully developed
until 24, on avge. Hence, ignore ALL the neurotic adults and just refuse any
labels whilst you enjoy your ONE SHOT at childhood. Climb trees, ride bikes, be
naughty not bad and question everything. But leave major choices until you have
full brain function. Think.
And it seems " Perspectrum " that even at 24 years old that the brains of many
are NOT fully developed , otherwise these parents / social workers / &
questionable Medicos would not be tampering with these children …..
We first require to make it, what age we have between Child and Adult/ or is
Lets not confuse this.
Age of consent/ Drivers Licence.
Sign a Contact.
Age to Vote.
Age to Drink.
Many of these are different ages.
So we need to define One Age limit.
My thinking is 18 Y/O.
However consider learner driver 16 Y/O, I placed that one in due to thinking
someone will challenge Driving age and not look at the picture in the full.
I truly believe we need to allow our Children be Children and we as Parents be
Adult enough to care for them .
We can not expect our Children to act as Adults, reason being they are not.
They are Children, let's allow them to be that.
We need one age limit over all.
My eldest has a friend who is Transgender.
The teen has been transitioning for about 5 years now and since they spoke to
the school and started wearing the uniform they felt most comfortable with, they
have become a much happier student.
The student is happy within themself now, they have a lot of friends, do well in
their chosen subjects, are part of a number of school groups, have represented
the school in some wonderful community based activities.
I think it's very important for kids who are potentially transsexual to be given
Kids know from a very early age the gender they identify with.
To put s child through puberty in the gender they don't want to be is harmful.
It also reduces the chance of them having the best outcome
I shudder at the thought of medical doctors even contemplating such a thing.
Giving hormones to underdeveloped kids is absolutely ludicrous in my opinion.
Some cancers thrive on hormone production. Unfortunately we are in an age of
entitlement. Now tampering with the body? OMG what next!
12is far too young to make decisions like that most of them can’t make up
their minds whether to have a chocolate biscuit or a bowl of ice cream!
Ridiculous!!! Decisions like shouldn’t be made by anyone one until they are at
As a parent of a daughter who suffered depression because she felt like she was
born in to the wrong body and was adamant that she was going to have a sex
change from the age of 11. I understand the turmoil parents go through when
faced with this. I had heard her say & do things that made me believe this was
a possibility long before she actually spoke of it, as young 3 when it first
crossed my mind. However I do believe personally that nothing should be done
physical until they are in their twenties. When they really know who they are
and what they want. I always said I would love her the same if she did decide to
do it and would support her in every way but she needed to wait until she was
older. We watch lots of documentaries on sex changes. Both success stories and
others that wished they had never done it so she could make an informed
decision. It was heartbreaking watching her struggle, strapping down her
breasts, going through the depression but I am relieved I did. When she turned
15 she decided to embrace her body and felt she could still be the person she
wanted to be without physically altering her body. She is now close to 17, her
depression is gone, loves it when people call her a boy, but is just as happy as
a girl and thanked me for not allowing her to act on it at a young age.
It really defies belief that educated medical professionals would subscribe to
even considering intervention in the natural evolution of the human through its
natural development phases and which includes the brain and even then take pause
and issue any person any drug(s) who have otherwise been deemed to have no
independent decision making authority until age 16 or age 18 when they have no
conception of what they and their body may consider once in maturity. This is
bizarre but like so many things in the world today seems to part of the 'reality
avoidance' decision making process
At that age they are not aware of the concequences of these things, a good idea
at the time. Tell them to put it off until they are at least twice that age and
then go through a very thorough process of investigation, it will save the
regrets later on.