A new study from Aarhus University shows that children who have expressed a desire to become a different gender at age 11 enter puberty earlier than their peers. However, more research is needed, the researchers behind the study said.
The transition to adolescent can be difficult for kids those affected by self-doubt sex accuracy. New research from the Department of Public Health at Aarhus University shows that these children also enter puberty earlier than children who have no doubt about their abilities. gender identity. Master’s program student Anne Hjorth Thomsen and Professor Cecilia Ramlau-Hansen are behind the research.
This study, one of the first in the world to examine the correlation between children’s desire to be the opposite sex and their development during puberty, was carried out as part of the project. The “Better Health for Generations” (BSIG) study, has followed 100,000 Danish women’s pregnancy and childbirth, as well as the growth and development of their children, since 1996.
In the study, children were asked at the age of 11 about their desire to be able to become the opposite sex. This information was then combined with data that, every 6 months, the children reported their current stage in the various puberty milestones. By age 11, about 5% of the children in the study reported having some or all of the desire to be the opposite sex.
“The results showed that 11-year-olds who expressed a desire to be the opposite sex tended to have earlier puberty than children who did not express their desire to change their gender. She expressed a desire to change gender and enter puberty about two months earlier than her peers.”
Anne Hjorth Thomsen stresses that more research is needed before any final conclusions can be drawn, but it is important for healthcare professionals to be aware of a child’s earlier pubertal development.
“Medical professionals may experience a desire to delay puberty, because the child may not be comfortable with his or her own body, or may not be able to empathize with it. Therefore, it is important. important is healthcare professionals have a basic knowledge of the child’s pubertal development so that the right treatment can be applied at the right time.”
Anne Hjorth Thomsen and Professor Cecilia Ramlau-Hansen recommend continuing the findings with new studies.
“In this study, we found earlier pubertal development in children who wanted to be the opposite sex compared with children who didn’t want to be the opposite sex. But we didn’t know whether gender awareness affects their pubertal development, says Anne Hjorth Thomsen.
The study was published in Fertility and infertility.
Anne H. Thomsen et al., Gender mismatch and timing of puberty: a population-based cohort study, Fertility and infertility (2022). DOI: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2022.07.018
University of Arhus
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