Cross-gender hormone therapy in adolescents

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Many transgender youth experience significant amounts of emotional distress regarding the incongruence between their internal gender identity and their physical body. Crossgender hormonal medical treatments, as managed by a multidisciplinary medical/mental health team, assist patients in transitioning to their desired gender by aligning the physical body to match the gender identity. The World Professional Association for Transgender Health Standards of Care and the Endocrine Society's Clinical Practice Guidelines provide a basic road map for practitioners. Expectations of the youth and the concerns of the family must be addressed and the youth psychologically supported during the transition period. Issues around future fertility should be explored as well. The goal of this article is to introduce the general pediatrician to cross-gender hormone treatments, their management, monitoring laboratory tests and clinical effects, and the issues surrounding their use in adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e138-e144
JournalPediatric Annals
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2014


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