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Posted 1/30/16
Is it a good idea for parent to give sex change operations to children experiencing Gender Dysphoria?
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29 / F / Toronto, Canada
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Posted 1/30/16 , edited 1/30/16
A sex change operation would never be done on a child (in 2016). All other reasons aside, they haven't grown enough for the surgery (which must construct genitalia) to be effective, as they don't have the skin and other materials needed as of yet, at least for the surgery to be as successful as possible. The youngest you can have a sex change is 16-18, most likely 18, and by that point the patient isn't a child anymore; which leads into the second issue, medically consent cannot be given at such a young age, even if by a guardian no surgeon would agree.

The only time sex reassignment surgeries have been given to children in the past is with botched circumcision, but that has been shown to be a dangerous and ultimately disastrous avenue. See- David Reimer.

In regards to hormone therapy, no child would begin that either as you need to be at the age of puberty in order for it to be administrated, and any changes can be reversed by stopping treatment before three months.

Source- I have a sister who transitioned (male to female).
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I would say no, just because they are still usually developing (as was mentioned) and it could in fact be a decision they regret once they mature more.

I'd say once someone is legally considered an adult, they should be able to make that decision for themselves.
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I'm no parent, but personally, if I had to deal with a child who had this problem, I'd be fine with them doing whatever as long as it's not permanent, when they turn 18 I'll leave the decision of what gender they are to them.
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Posted 1/30/16 , edited 1/30/16
crap, misinterpreted the question there!

-but still, that choice should lie with the individual in question. Often times parents will misjudge certain symptoms and the will of their children, regardless of how well-natured their intentions are. In the end, the one who knows one best is oneself.
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24 / F / Johnstown, PA, USA
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I think it's better for the kids to make the decision to do it on their own, and PAY for it themselves. No matter how much I may support any rhetorical children of mine and others, I don't believe parents should have to put themselves in a financial bind, not to mention, how often how much people's stances flip-flop during their younger years. I'd hate to see children getting sex changes early on and later regretting it and resenting their parents. It puts parents in a tough spot.
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Sure
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No

A decision of that magnitude should not be made before the individual is old enough to fully comprehend the impact.

I would say, not before 25 for the final surgery, though intermediate steps could be taken starting at 18.
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Posted 2/1/16
Give them hormones for both genders to be on the safe side.
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I agree and disagree with some of the comments, when children are under the age of 18, insurance sometimes covers or partly covers mental type gender issues depending on the state. I would say between the ages of 16 to 18 if the child is absolutely sure. If the family can afford it I would say wait until school is over or until the child can pay for it themselves.

But overall it should not be the parents choice. Theirs too much emotional risk.
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Posted 2/5/16
No.
Not enough characters for me to describe why not.
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20 / M / Termina
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Posted 3/23/16
I think teenagers, yes. But probably not anyone under 13
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Posted 4/25/16

YayForKittens wrote:

I would say no, just because they are still usually developing (as was mentioned) and it could in fact be a decision they regret once they mature more.

I'd say once someone is legally considered an adult, they should be able to make that decision for themselves.


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Posted 4/25/16
No that situation should be left for when the child is 18 and developed and can make there own decision.
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Posted 4/25/16
I'm not well versed in this subject but I did see the David Reimer documentary.

So... I'm going to go with a no.
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