Long-term Puberty Suppression for a Nonbinary Teenager
Ken C Pang, Lauren Notini, Rosalind McDougall, Lynn Gillam, Julian Savulescu, Dominic Wilkinson, Beth A Clark, Johanna Olson-Kennedy, Michelle M Telfer, John D Lantos
Pediatrics | AMER ACAD PEDIATRICS | Published : 2020
Many transgender and gender-diverse people have a gender identity that does not conform to the binary categories of male or female; they have a nonbinary gender. Some nonbinary individuals are most comfortable with an androgynous gender expression. For those who have not yet fully progressed through puberty, puberty suppression with gonadotrophin-releasing hormone agonists can support an androgynous appearance. Although such treatment is shown to ameliorate the gender dysphoria and serious mental health issues commonly seen in transgender and gender-diverse young people, long-term use of puberty-suppressing medications carries physical health risks and raises various ethical dilemmas. In thi..View full abstract
Funded by the Government of Victoria through the Operational Infrastructure Support Program (Drs Savalescu and Wilkinson) and The Royal Children's Hospital Foundation (Dr Pang).