Almost 40 Kids Per Week — Some Only 4 Years Old — Referred to Transgender Clinics in the UK

a boy holds up cut outs of a man and a woman, looking confused as he chooses between them.

The number of children visiting Britain's transgender clinic the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) has skyrocketed in recent years, and this past year an average of 39 children a week have visited the clinic. If current trends continue, it will reach 50 children a week in the next year. Many of these children as as young as 4, 5, and 6 years old.

In the past six months, 1,302 kids visited GIDS, according to a report from Britain's Daily Mirror. This represented an increase of 24 percent over the previous six months.

Among these kids were two 4-year-old children, four five-year-old kids, and no fewer than seventeen 6 year olds confused about their gender identity. In 2016-2017 there were 2,016 children referred to the clinic. According to the Daily Mirror report, the clinic is on track to receive 2,600 children in 2017-2018.

In 2009, there were only 97.

"This is a massive increase," Professor Ashley Grossman, an expert on gender dysphoria (the persistent feeling of being born in the wrong body), told the Daily Mirror.

About 40 percent of the children who go to GIDS are prescribed puberty-blocking drugs, a "treatment" Grossman said "does not harm children." Pro-transgender advocates argue such drugs give kids more time to make the decision as to whether or not they will alter their bodies to match the opposite sex.

The effects of puberty blockers, which pause the natural development of adolescent sex characteristics, remain unknown, however. Possible side-effects include abnormal bone growth.

Cross-sex hormones carry even more problems. Estrogen in biological males brings a clinically significant risk of deep-vein thrombosis. Testosterone in biological females increases the chance of developing ovarian cysts later in life. Many physical changes from cross-sex hormones are irreversible: such as deepening of the voice in biological females and enlargement of breasts in biological males.

The science is still out, but many men and women have been irreversibly scarred from futile attempts to make their bodies conform to the biological sex opposite their own birth sex. One former transgender woman said, "It's not a cure at all."

"I am a real, live 22-year-old woman, with a scarred chest and a broken voice, and five o'clock shadow because I couldn’t face the idea of growing up to be a woman, that’s my reality," admitted Cari Stella in a deeply personal YouTube video.

To make matters worse, one university in Britain recently rejected the idea of studying people who regretted their gender transition, because it would be "politically incorrect." If as many as 50 kids per week will be going to a gender identity clinic — and 20 of them will be given puberty-blockers — it is vital for doctors, nurses, teachers, and parents to know more about people who think they are transgender but later change their minds.