A woman who made the menopause speaks out against puberty blockers and shares her story in hopes of shedding light on the risks associated with the drugs used by minors seeking gender-affirming care.
Cat Cattinson, who is also a molecular biologist, joined “The Ingraham Angle” to discuss the dangers of children taking puberty blockers, and the potentially irreversible side effects.
“I identified as trans from the age of 13, but luckily I didn’t transition until I was an adult, because I wasn’t confirmed by them, by my pediatrician. I wasn’t confirmed by my parents, but if I had been, then was the side. The post-detransition effects would probably have been much worse,” Cattinson told host Laura Ingraham.
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“I could have been infertile, I could have had a hysterectomy, mastectomy, so I’m thankful I wasn’t confirmed because it’s helped me maintain my health and fertility.”
Ingraham said the mainstream media now seems to be asking some questions about the long-term effects of such drugs, following a New York Times report on the subject.
Concern about the effects of the drugs is growing among some medical professionals.
Cattinson said there is a lack of clinical research on the long-term side effects of taking the drugs, particularly in minors who turn to them due to gender dysphoria.
Cattinson said Planned Parenthood has provided her with gender-affirming care and does not require an in-person visit or a mental health professional before treating minors.
She said it was incredibly “easy” to pick up her prescription after a telehealth appointment and a 30-minute conversation with one of the doctors.
“Planned Parenthood is one of the organizations in the US that provides gender affirming care, and they do telehealth, so it’s possible to get prescribed over the phone, which is what happened with me,” Cattinson said. “And they also say on their website that they will prescribe without a letter from a mental health provider at the first appointment.”
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“So I had about a 30 minute phone call with a doctor, and that day I was prescribed it,” she continued. “I picked up my prescription that day, so it’s very easy to get these hormones these days.”
She said she’s heard similar stories from young people who have transitioned.
But Cattinson said financial incentives are also at play.
“I think there’s some vested interest from plastic surgeons,” Cattinson said. “They make a lot of money from the surgical procedures, and then, of course, the drug companies fund research into gender-affirming care.”
Last month, The National Health Service of the United Kingdom said most children who claim to be transgender may be going through a “transient phase” and began restricting gender-affirming treatment of minors.