A young man who underwent sex change procedures to become a woman warns that the treatments made him a lifelong medical patient and asks others to reconsider and not follow in his footsteps.
Kobe, the fictitious name he chose to use with the media to protect his privacy, explained in an interview for Fox News that he was born a man but was always "effeminate" and liked things considered feminine. Because of this and his exposure to gender ideology, he decided to start transition treatments.
According to the young man, he first got the idea from YouTube, and at the age of 11, he decided to talk to his parents to tell them that he considered himself transgender. At 13, he started medical interventions because of advice from trans people online.
"I was expecting it to help me help my mental health, and it didn't do anything. I just wasted so much time, and all I did really was become a medical patient for life," he recounted.
Kobe took puberty blockers during his teenage years and, at 19, underwent castration surgery. The doctors suggested the possibility of undergoing sex reassignment surgery, and although he was all set to do it, it had to be canceled due to a problem with his insurance (something he is grateful for today). "I now know that many people end up taking their own lives after surgery. And honestly, if they had allowed my genitalia to be reversed into what looked like female genitalia, I don't think I would be here in a couple of years because that can't be undone," he said.
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The young man said that with all that was done, he not only lost a lot of sexual sensation but now also faces joint pain. His cognitive ability has also been affected, in addition to other symptoms related to his hormone treatments.
"The way that your metabolism sinks when you go on drugs, it's insane. I had such a hard time maintaining the weight and everything. It led me toward some really dangerous eating disorder behaviors," he said, adding that he has yet to see if his treatments affected his bone density due to the severe back pain he now suffers from.
In addition, he said that he has had psychotic episodes and assures that other people who have undergone hormone treatments have also dealt with the same thing.
"Now I'm just sterile, and I don't have an endocrine system, really. I mean, I do, but it doesn't self-regulate and everything," he said, adding that he even has trouble urinating.
Kobe adds that while he accepts that it was his decision and that it is something he has to live with, he regrets that the medical professionals did not give him better guidance.