Risk of suicide 12 times greater after ‘gender-affirming’ surgery: Study | Eastern North Carolina Now

The study examined data from nearly 16 million U.S. adult patients between the ages of 18 and 60


By Patricia Tolson at The Epoch Times

A recent study has found that the risk of suicide, self-harm, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for individuals who have undergone gender-transition surgeries is significantly higher than among those who have not had the surgery.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch, found that individuals who had undergone gender-transition surgery experienced these adverse effects at more than 12 times the rate of those who did not have a history of gender-transition surgery.

The study examined data from nearly 16 million U.S. adult patients between the ages of 18 and 60 who went to an emergency room for treatment from 2003 to 2023. This data came from a larger database of over 90 million patients from 56 health care facilities. Researchers isolated data from 1,501 patients who had undergone gender-transition surgery at some point in the five years before their emergency room visit and 15,608,363 patients who had no history of gender-transition surgery, as well as two additional control groups.

The data show that 3.47 percent of the patients who had undergone gender-reassignment surgery were treated for suicide attempts, compared to 0.29 percent of patients who did not have that history, a difference of 12.12 times.

While the study does not clarify at what age the patients attempted suicide or engaged in self-harm, it does make clear that it did not include minors.

The study lacks explanations as to why these patients had higher rates of suicidality, self-harm, and PTSD, and does not cite whether the patients suffered from adverse mental health conditions before surgery.

American Academy of Pediatrics reaffirmed its support of gender transition for minors in August 2023.

Implication for Minors

Julie Quist, board chair of the Child Protection League, said the results of the study were “deeply disturbing.”
She also said it raises “serious implications” in the health industry, mental health industry, and education system, which have almost universally adopted the “affirmation only” approach as the best treatment for gender dysphoria in children and teens.

“This is a very credible study,” said Ms. Quist, referring to the large sample size and long timespan of the study.

She said she was stunned by the 12.12 times higher rate of suicide attempt risk, recalling how parents who are reportedly coerced into allowing their children to undergo these irreversible surgeries are often asked questions such as “do you want a daughter or do you want a dead son,” implying that if they don’t allow their child to medically transition, the child will be more likely to kill themselves.

“This is standard language that they use,” she said. “It’s beyond belief.”

Ms. Quist said she was also struck by the fact that the study avoided researching the rate of attempted suicide and self-harm among minors under the age of 18.

“This study has huge implications for minors,” she said.

If suicide attempts for those who have transitioned are happening at this rate among those over 18, she said it’s “counterintuitive” to assume that it’s not happening at the same, if not a higher, rate among children and teens.

“Think of all of the parents who are being told that affirming is the only answer and that the surgeries are safe and prevent suicide,” she said. “It’s a tool of manipulation that is completely false and the depth of this deception is breathtaking. They’ve weaponized the idea of suicide to coerce people into doing exactly the wrong thing.”

‘The Elephant in the Room’

Vernadette Broyles is the founder, president, and general counsel for the Child and Parental Rights Campaign. She said it’s illogical to assume that minors who undergo gender transition through surgery or medication would wait until they were 18 to attempt suicide or self-harm.

“Whatever dynamic that is present in adults stressing about their sexual transition would only be exacerbated in children because they are still in the process of development,” Ms. Broyles told The Epoch Times. “Just because the study didn’t include children under the age of 18 does not mean it has no relevance to children under the age of 18. I would expect a heightened effect among children because they’re emotionally and physically more vulnerable to negative impacts.”

While she said she was impressed that the researchers had the integrity to publish their findings, she also said she was disappointed by their attempt to explain, “without any valid evidence,” that the reason for the “alarmingly higher” rate of attempted suicide among those who had undergone these surgeries is related to minority bias, discrimination, and relational stresses.

“They pulled this out of thin air,” she argued. “There is no evidence to support that, and they’re choosing to ignore the elephant in the room—that the surgery itself is causing the suicide attempts.”

At a minimum, she said the study confirms that transitioning did not bring the happiness the patients were promised.

“That’s also how parents are coerced and cudgeled into giving consent,” Ms. Broyles said. “Yet perversely, they are correlated with an alarmingly higher rate of suicide risk. If nothing else, this is one more study that removes the legitimacy and justification for giving these surgeries is that it is going to save the person from suicide.”

False Positives in Studies

The Trevor Project is a nonprofit advocacy organization focused on suicide prevention and crisis intervention among LGBT youth. Researchers from the organization published a study in 2021 in the Journal of Adolescent Health, concluding that minors who received “gender-affirming hormone therapy” had lower rates of depression and attempted suicide than those who wished to receive them but didn’t.

But another study suggests that most minors experiencing gender confusion grow out of it by the time they reach adulthood.

Researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands recently released the results of a study analyzing survey data from 2,772 adolescents over a span of 15 years, starting at age 11.

The study found that in early adolescence, 11 percent of participants reported “gender non-contentedness.” However, the prevalence had decreased to 4 percent by the time they reached the age of 26.

“Gender non-contentedness, while being relatively common during early adolescence, in general decreases with age and appears to be associated with a poorer self-concept and mental health throughout development,” the researchers concluded.

In March 2023, Daniel Jackson from the Norton College of Medicine at Upstate Medical University in New York published a review of 23 studies focused on “gender-affirming” treatments and suicidality.

Mr. Jackson found that the majority of the studies he reviewed indicated that “gender-affirming” treatments such as surgery, puberty blockers, and hormone therapy reduced the risk of suicide.

“However, the literature to date suffers from a lack of methodological rigor that increases the risk of type I error,” he said, referring to a false positive.

“There is a need for continued research in suicidality outcomes following gender-affirming treatment that adequately controls for the presence of psychiatric comorbidity and treatment, substance use, and other suicide risk-enhancing and reducing factors.”

While there has been a long-standing debate over whether minors with gender confusion should be treated with mental health techniques or gender-transition intervention, the discussion was heightened in April following the publication of a 388-page report from the United Kingdom’s National Health Service.

Dr. Hilary Cass, a pediatrician who conducted the review and wrote the report, wrote in the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) that the pillars of gender medicine “are built on shaky foundations.”‘

A Very Public Scandal’

Dr. Patrick Lappert, a certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon of more than 25 years, said the findings of the University of Texas study are conclusive.

“They looked at a large cohort of patients who had the fullness of affirmation care, including gender-affirmation surgery, and what they found is that persons who have had all of the affirmation care still have a suicidality of over 12-fold likelihood,” he told The Epoch Times.

He noted that a similar study published by Swedish researchers in 2011 found similar results showing a higher rate of suicide and increased need for inpatient psychiatric care among people who underwent gender-reassignment surgery.

With another study showing a higher rate of suicide attempts and death by suicide among those who undergo gender-reassignment surgery, Dr. Lappert said that doctors who perform these procedures can no longer claim that the treatments reduce suicidality.

For affirmation-only advocates who may point to the fact that the suicide rates in recent studies did not include minors, Dr. Lappert noted that gender affirmation is an “industrial process.”

“It starts with the young and very confused and it leads inexorably from one step to the next,” he said.

“They’re eventually going to have the surgery because they’ve been convinced that this is where their happiness lies,” Dr. Lappert said. “But then they will see in their own lives the harms that have happened because of what these clinics and doctors have been recommending.”

Dr. Lappert said it will become increasingly more difficult as individuals and parents start suing those who promote and perform these surgeries.

“The time for burial is over,” he said. “This is going to become a very public scandal now.”

While he said he doesn’t believe that the study proves that the surgery itself harmed or helped the individuals who attempted suicide, he said it does prove that “people who undergo transgender surgery are very likely to harm themselves.”

“If you think about it,” he added, “transgender surgery is a form of self-harm. So, it shouldn’t be surprising that people who do that to themselves when they run out of hope might kill themselves.”

“There are people who are suffering who want to be happy,” he explained, saying the transgender treatment industry tells them, “Here’s how we'll solve your sorrow.”

“They give them social affirmation. They provide them with a safe, affirming community to live in. They give them drugs and surgery,” he said.

“But when they run out of things to offer, the psychological problem is still there. They’ve never examined it. They’ve never asked themselves why a person would have gender dysphoria. They just affirm and bill, affirm and bill, and it’s a huge industry. But that will be coming to an end.”

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Big Bob said:
( May 28th, 2024 @ 8:42 pm )
You treat the patient, not the political agenda. Gender identity issues are nothing new.
( May 28th, 2024 @ 8:22 pm )
Anyone can read the Great Barrington Statement by some of the world's leading epidemiologists and virologists on herd immunity. I suggest you try reading it yourself, so you can educate yourself on this issue, Little Bobbie. They can also see the results of Sweden's medical experts in stressing herd immunity, not lockdowns, with better Covid results than most of the world.
Big Bob said:
( May 28th, 2024 @ 3:17 pm )
Dr. Hunter I presume?
( May 28th, 2024 @ 7:31 am )
Being a flunky mouthpiece for Big Pharma is the dumbest hill you can die on, and that is exactly what you are, Little Bobbie. I hope you are at least getting paid for being such a moronic lemming. Covid made Big Pharma rich, so maybe they are at least sharing some of that wealth with their supporters.

Herd immunity is what works with a virus as the smart virologists advised from the beginning. Only a few places like Sweden and Florida followed it, but they had better results than those who followed the totalitarian Red Chinese lockdown model.
Big Bob said:
( May 27th, 2024 @ 9:57 pm )
The Covid response was reasonable. Anti vax is the dumbest hill you can die. Hands down.
( May 27th, 2024 @ 10:06 am )
I think Trump learned his lesson about giving Fauci too much control during the Covid era. Governors deSantis and Noem also were outstanding examples of strong supporters of medical freedom and personal freedom during the Covid era. So were our Republican sheriffs in eastern North Carolina who refused to enforce Cooper's illegal edicts.

As to "making medical decisions for you" that would be Biden who forced all of our military personnel to take Covid shots that were experimental at the time. It was Biden who did that NOT Trump. Biden also tried to compel big corporations to force their employees to take those experimental shots, too, but was stopped by governors and the courts. It is Biden who is the medical tyrant.

WOKE is trying to make your medical decisions for you, and that new WHO "Pandemic Treaty" that Biden is conspiring on is a big part of that.
Big Bob said:
( May 27th, 2024 @ 9:41 am )
MAGA-they plan to make medical decisions for you too
( May 27th, 2024 @ 9:12 am )
T.he issue in those cases is "infomred consent" or in other words did the doctor fail to tell the patient things he should have and / or did he say things that were misleading. You would know that if you had bothered to read the articles, Little Bobbie. The pain here was the mutilated bodies of these formerly gender confused children, now young adults, and the quack docors need to pay for that. The doctors preyed upon them to try to make a buck and now it is going to cost them.

When the experts say that most gender confused children will naturally grow out of it and become comfortable with their biological gender, is should be prima facia malpractice to start curring off their body parts or giving them drugs that ruin them functionally.
Big Bob said:
( May 26th, 2024 @ 11:18 am )
Good luck suing someone for your own choices. Sure, you can do it, but why? Gender transition is 100% voluntary. That said, Im sure there are always those looking for a payday or to score political points on other people’s pain
( May 26th, 2024 @ 10:27 am )
Maybe you should go back and read the posts on those lawsuits against gender trans doctors, Bozo Bob. Those kids sure as heck said they were pushed into it and they are now suing the Frankenstein doctors who did it. Good for them. I hope they bankrupt those despicable doctors.
Big Bob said:
( May 25th, 2024 @ 3:48 pm )
Nobody pushes anybody to do anything. What a crock.
( May 25th, 2024 @ 8:00 pm )
The quacks who promote gender transition surgery and drugs use "danger of suicide" to strongarm parents into consenting to mutilating their child's body, when the real risk of suicide is for those who undergo the surgery or drugs. They ask parents "would you rather have a dead daughter or a live son?" This is simply a fraud by these quack doctors who are profiteering off of this horror. These quacks should have their medical licenses revoked.
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