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At 18, my son was prescribed 300mg/day of Spiro by a GP to drop testosterone. This was after <3hrs with a social worker who believed herself qualified to recommend med transition. He became very ill and thankfully stopped taking them, but plans to try again
The social worker had attended a conference on gender & was recommended to my son as the local expert. It was still a new thing in my area, so hardly anyone in the med community here had dealt with it. They did tell me they’d seen an ⬆️ in #s @ that time, but didn’t question it.
I met with her & she knew NOTHING about medical risks.

Nothing.

She got angry and scoffed at me for my concerns. Told me if my son were to get on drugs and begin wearing rice bags in a bra, his mental health issues would be over.

Said my husband and I were our son’s problem
I told her about detransitioners. She had never heard the term and doubted their existence.

I asked what gave her so much confidence in her ability to decide who needs to transition. She said she has a “sense” for it. Had refused one person before, otherwise been ✅ every time.
She promised me she would proceed with caution with my son. I left and she met with him for the first of 3x.

I later learned she fast tracked my son’s case after asking him if he thought his parents were being abusive.
She sent him home with the above mentioned questionnaire and a paper with a # to call to make an appt for blockers. The paper had a script for him to use when he called, saying the recommendation letter is forthcoming and he should be given an appt with a GP as soon as possible.
He made the appointment in the city he would be moving to for uni. (He was in Gr12 at this time.) I think he saw her twice more, once just to deliver the answer sheet.

He kept his appt and was given blockers that day. This was I think 4 mths after initial meeting with the SW.
The 1st & 2nd prescriptions for Spiro were too low to drop his T. The Dr ⬆️ the amt until he was taking 300m/day. This dropped his T but made him so sick. Scariest thing about this is that he wasn’t booked for follow up until 6mths later. What could have happened to him?
Heart specialist told me this dose of Spiro is used in extreme cases with team watching for ill effects. She said his symptoms suggested beginnings of organ failure.

He was at uni using a different name and had 0 friends. No one would have noticed his absence! Breaks my heart!!
His dad and I discovered the meds and put 2+2 together. We brought it up with him, but he had already made the choice (reluctantly) to stop as he was feeling so low. It was hard to convince him these “professionals” could not be trusted. He has agreed to hold off until after uni.
However, bc of the total affirmation, he still believes med transition is the right path for him. Those expressing caution are FAR outnumbered by cheerleaders. He was taught that our opinions are wrong, and he lost trust in us.

(I should point out here that he is textbook ROGD)
He has not yet heard any of the information on ROGD or on dangers of med transition as so effectively expressed by @will_malone so we are hopeful he may rethink things once he has more info.

Gatekeeping, even a little!, could have saved our whole family so much pain!

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