Remember Lupron? It was in the news a decade or more ago. It's a drug that slows or reverses puberty. When used as a treatment to help manage some of the worst symptoms of autism, it was seen as draconian punishing, akin to flogging a child on the town square. Only the most horrible parents and irresponsible doctors would consider using this powerful drug to "change" their children. Children who were wracked with aggression, pain, screaming, gut agony and struggling so very badly. Left to languish from this evil drug.
In the early-mid 2000s, Lupron was assailed as a chemical castration drug - Chemical Castration Drug Peddled As Autism TreatmentChemical Castration Drug Peddled As Autism Treatment Source: Disablity Scoop
In 2021, Lupron is offered to children who do not identify with their birth assigned gender. Parents are encouraged to learn their options to halt puberty.
Puberty can be confusing or difficult for a child who is transgender, genderqueer, nonbinary or questioning their gender.
Puberty blockers, also called hormone blockers, help delay unwanted physical changes that don’t match someone’s gender identity. Delaying these changes can be an important step in a young person’s transition. It can also give your child more time to explore their options before deciding whether or how to transition. Source: St Louis Children's Hospital
Lupron was considered unsafe and TOXIC for use in treatment of symptoms of autism: From the Guardian in 2009, ...the imposition of dehumanising and dangerous treatments on children with autism is a more immediate and pressing problem. Toxic treatments for autistic children
Today? Look at what a major US Children's Hospital has on their website:
Most experts, including our team, believe that puberty blockers are safe:
The Endocrine Society and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health support the use of puberty blockers for kids who want to delay or prevent unwanted physical changes.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved puberty blockers for children who start puberty at a young age.
The denial of this treatment was never about danger to children with autism. It was about the wholesale refusal to find, acknowledge, approve or offer any treatments at all. Our children felt miserable in their own bodies, and no one cared. For those families whose kids are facing battles with gender identification, we hope you have more answers, support and help from the medical community than we did.