LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Cedars-Sinai introduced immediately that it has opened a clinic for kids underneath 18 who’re questioning their gender or experiencing gender dysphoria-marked incongruence and misery between their true gender identification and organic intercourse.
The Pediatric and Adolescent Gender Wellness Clinic helps youngsters and their dad and mom navigate choices together with medical transition or “blocking puberty,” by which a single toothpick-size implant within the arm permits youngsters to place a pause on their puberty for wherever from one to 2 years as they work by way of their true gender identification.
“We’re doing a pause on puberty, which is totally reversible and secure till the kid is a little bit bit older,” mentioned Dr. Paria Hassouri, a pediatrician specializing within the area of gender wellness. “When the kid is older, they and their household can then determine whether or not to go ahead with hormone remedy, resembling estrogen and testosterone.”
The clinic additionally helps households with social assist, particularly for youthful youngsters who haven’t reached puberty however are feeling “gender-fluid.”
As soon as a baby turns 18, their care is transferred to docs at Cedars-Sinai focusing on grownup gender consciousness, together with these providing surgical transitions when acceptable.
“My recommendation to folks is to not hesitate or be scared about making that first appointment with somebody who makes a speciality of gender-diverse youth,” Hassouri mentioned. “That first dialog is nearly gathering info and information, which makes all of the distinction for folks and their youngsters.”
She mentioned parental involvement for transgender and gender-diverse youngsters and teenagers is essential, noting that these teams have a three-fold elevated threat of suicide in comparison with their friends however that the chance decreases to that of their friends when they’re supported by their households and capable of finding their true gender identification.
One in every of Hassouri’s three youngsters got here out as transgender at 13 ½ years previous, giving the physician a private purpose for finding out gender-affirming care.
“As I needed to navigate these troublesome selections with my husband for my very own teenager, I spotted that it was actually one thing that I felt obsessed with, and that I needed to assist different households by way of this course of as nicely,” she mentioned. “Seeing my very own daughter going from being depressed to actually thriving, as soon as she was in a position to dwell in her genuine gender, made me need to have the ability to assist different teenagers do this as nicely.”
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