Puberty Suppression for Transgender Adolescents Works

September 16, 2014 8:34 PM

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A child assigned male at birth began confounding parents, family and neighbors at age 3 by repeatedly declaring and insisting, "I am a girl." After lengthy consultation with gender specialists, the child was eventually diagnosed with what once was called "gender-identity disorder of children" but is known in today's psychiatric manual, DSM-5, as "gender dysphoria in children." Now the child, 12 years old and approaching male puberty, is terrified about the prospect of impending body changes.

Gender dysphoria (GD) in children is a rare condition, and there has been thoughtful professional controversy about how to treat prepubescent children so diagnosed. However, there is little controversy among acknowledged experts about what to do for gender-dysphoric children when the onset of pubert...

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