Transgendered youth are not suffering from hormone imbalances a new study has claimed.
“We’ve now put to rest the residual belief that transgender experience is a result of a hormone imbalance,” study author Dr. Johanna Olson of the Center for Transyouth Health at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) said. “It’s not.”
Olson and colleagues conducted the study to assess the safety and effectiveness of treatments that would help transgender patients bring their bodies closer in alignment to their gender identity. It has long been theorized that transgender youth might just be suffering from some kind of hormone imbalance that caused them gender confusion.
The researchers studied 101 transgender young people, ages 12 to 24. More than 50 percent of the participants were assigned male at birth, and 48 percent were assigned female at birth.
After measuring a number of physiological parameters, the researchers discovered that the participants’ hormone levels were in line with the normal ranges of the same assigned sex nontransgender youth population.
According to the researchers, the average age that participants discovered a gender discrepancy was the age of 8, but they did not tell their families about this until reaching, on average, the age of 17.