so this study came out on the more long term effects of HRT (warn for cissexist and generally outdated gross terminology; wide-spanning medical tw)
and it basically says hormone therapy is safe; the results are “reassuring” and side effects are less than they thought
but like, this one part really stood out to me:
"At entry into the study (baseline), the most common comorbidity in both groups was depression, with a 24.9% incidence in MTF subjects and 13.6% in FTM, according to Dr. Asscheman. He noted, however, that the frequency of depression varied greatly among the study centers.
Even after treatment, 26 (2.4%) of the MTF subjects and 7 (1.4%) of the FTM subjects still reported depression, leading Dr. Asscheman to tell the large audience, “Sex-reassignment treatment does not cure depression.”
(tldr: 25% of trans girls and women were depressed before starting estrogen/etc, but that dropped down to only 2% with HRT
14% of trans guys were depressed before taking testosterone/etc, and that dropped to only 1% with T.)
so, ok, two points:
a) nothing cures depression, so that’s not a shocker lmao; b) these rates are better than any antidepressant
i very well might be reading something wrong here; its been a long difficult day and im not really on the ball rn, and its always possible to misinterpret things
but right now what it seems like is more cis people denying the fact that getting trans people access to the treatment they need* is a more effective way to treat depression than the pills marketed for that, with less side effects.
i guarantee if any med on the market had results like these, it would be lauded as a miracle cure. if there was a food that did this, itd be harvested til endangerment
but since this is something that only helps/effects trans people, and bc HRT has a direct relationship with us and us alone, docs are denying its effects and usefulness
like, psych meds are massively stigmatized (bc ableism) but they make (mostly) neurotypical professionals in the industry richer, so theyre still supported
and this is considering the fact that the most effective ones work for like half the folks who try them
true, this is a much smaller test group, but still: when rates of depression drop from 25% to 2% you cant deny the fact that its helping!!! unless the folks in question are trans, of course
unless supporting access to affordable HRT would help trans folks, esp trans women
because according to the medical industry mentally ill folks arent worth anything if you cant make money off us, and when were trans, why bother helping, right?
im just really, really tired
TLDR: hormone replacement therapy is even safer than we thought
and it has shown massive decrease in depression in the trans folks studied over time
but despite the fact that HRT seems to be more effective and possibly safer than any antidepressant, doctors still say “it doesnt cure depression” as a way of denying the fact that it’s a ridiculously good treatment option
bc #transmisogyny and #transphobia
*NOT TO SAY all trans folks need HRT, or that any trans person needs to transition in any way—social or physical—to be legitimate or “really trans.” but for some of us it’s literally life-saving, so it is a need for SOME of us.
@ truscu.m: do not use this post to support the ideology that all trans folks need to take hormones. fuck off. not all of us want to or have access, and it’s none of your business anyway what any other trans person does with their body. we’re all valid