The harsh reality of hormone therapy

The harsh reality of hormone therapy

Binary recently received an interesting email in response to this article titled “A man breastfeeds his wife’s baby.”

Mr S wrote:

I was amazed that a man would take a cocktail of drugs to allow him to produce milk to feed his wife’s baby. 

For the last 5 1/2 years I have been successfully undertaking ADT to control the advanced metastatic prostate cancer in my body. I am 82 yo and when diagnosed full body scans showed cancer in every major bone in my body. My psa measured a record high 9000! I was forecast to live a max of 3 years and to die in extreme pain. Magically the cancer stopped growing and actually receded and within 4 months The psa dropped below 0.01 and my health has improved. The Oncologist is amazed and now believes I may live another 3-5 years. 

However, the ADT (androgen deprivation therapy) treatment has changed my body. I now have boobs my teenage sisters would have been proud of. My penis has reduced at least 50% in size and my testicles have almost disappeared. I have absolutely no sexual desire, this after having a very satisfying relationship with my wife for at least 55 years.

I can live with this as my health is very good and so much better than the 6 months over my illness.

Having experienced the highs and lows of this illness and medication I am amazed that a healthy young man should risk his health by experimenting with hormone treatment.

Is he trying to prove a point? I was born a man and have successfully raised a family of 4 children. I have achieved everything that I am on earth for. Please celebrate our sexuality. It is so satisfying to have now had 61 years of harmonious married relationship.

It is inconceivable that teenagers are being put on similar drugs. Australian paediatrician Dr Dylan Wilson recently laid out some of the irreversible damage done to children in his open letter.

There are consequences of pushing children onto a medicalised pathway that are not being discussed. Harsh conversion therapy laws in most states of Australia mean health practitioners must proceed along a “gender affirmation” pathway that ignores underlying issues and rejects the reality of these side effects.

Children placed on puberty blockers and hormone therapies face a lifetime of sexual dysfunction, atrophied genitalia, bone density issues and the complicated reality that they can never simply change their sex.

The best they will ever achieve is to appropriate or mimic the opposite sex with irreversible harm being done to their physical bodies.

It is a tragedy unfolding before our eyes. Those facilitating daily drug dependency for children must be confronted and challenged. Our children deserve so much more