What are puberty blockers?
Let’s first define the phase in life that every individual must go through regardless of gender. Puberty is a process in which the body begins its journey towards adulthood and becomes sexually mature enough to reproduce. It’s also marked by accompanying physical growth and brain development.
It all starts with the brain’s stimulation of the pituitary gland to release certain hormones, like follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). The spike triggers testosterone production in male testicles and estrogen production in female ovaries. (Note that FSH and LH are not responsible for adolescent acne or the growth of underarm and pubic hair.)
Puberty blocker medications inhibit the activity of hormones that normally guide the body through puberty, and are also known as GnRH analogs.