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Medical professionals who are transgender are questioning gender reassignment procedures for children.
Dr. Marci Bowers, who specializes in vaginoplasty, and Erica Anderson, a clinical psychologist at the University of California, San Francisco's Child and Adolescent Gender Clinic, discussed the risks that come with gender reassignment surgery for children.
"I think there was naivete on the part of pediatric endocrinologists who were proponents of early [puberty] blockage thinking that just this magic can happen, that surgeons can do anything," Bowers said.
Bowers operated on transgender reality television star Jazz Jennings in June 2018.
"This is typical of medicine. We zig and then we zag, and I think maybe we zigged a little too far to the left in some cases," Bowers told Bari Weiss's Common Sense regarding whether gender-altering surgery is a good idea.
Anderson is "not sure" whether the psychological effects of transgender surgery are reversible, according to Common Sense.
“I’m not a fan," Bowers said in response to whether children in the early stages of puberty should be put on hormone blockers.
There are "magnificent" procedures being performed on children, Bowers said, but the surgeon had doubts about post-procedural functionality.
"Believe me, we're doing some magnificent surgeries on these kids, and they're so determined, and I'm so proud of so many of them and their parents. They've been great," Bowers said, according to the Daily Mail. "But honestly, I can't sit here and tell you that they have better — or even as good — results. They're not as functional. I worry about their reproductive rights later. I worry about their sexual health later and ability to find intimacy."
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Original Author: Sydney Shea
Original Location: Transgender doctors warn against sex changes for children