This recent study from Valencia, Spain confirms what has been observed in other Western countries. In a Gender Identity Unit they have seen a 10 fold increase in patients in the last 10 years.
Younger and younger adolescents and children are requesting treatment, with girls requesting transition into boys predominating.
Part of the treatment that is offered (medication and surgery) will be permanent, so it is clear that these children deserve to receive the best possible specialist care. In the authors own words “the evolution and trends observed in this study highlight the need for expanded resources, competent care, and careful reflection about implications for best practice”.
This is a very sensitive subject in Spain, with highly polarized views. But since the figures are growing exponentially it means that it has to be debated properly. What do you all think about this subject?
Expósito-Campos P, Gómez-Balaguer M, Hurtado-Murillo F, Morillas-Ariño C. Evolution and trends in referrals to a specialist gender identity unit in Spain over 10 years (2012-2021). J Sex Med. 2023 Feb 27;20(3):377-387. doi: 10.1093/jsxmed/qdac034. PMID: 36763946.