March 30, 2016
(Nature) – For transgender children who think their bodies are the wrong sex, puberty can be terrifying. To alleviate this psychological trauma, physicians are increasingly giving transgender adolescents drugs to block puberty until their bodies — and decision-making abilities — are mature enough to begin cross-sex hormone treatment, typically at age 16. But the side effects of such therapy are largely unknown, and researchers and clinicians are still trying to determine how to treat children who question the gender they were assigned at birth. A US study set to begin recruiting participants in May could offer some clarity.
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