Journal article

Hormone replacement in disorders of sex development: Current thinking

Jacqueline Hewitt, Margaret Zacharin

BEST PRACTICE & RESEARCH CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGY & METABOLISM | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

Congenital disruptions of sex hormone production lead to wide-ranging developmental and physiological effects in individuals who have atypical chromosomal, gonadal or anatomic sex. Aberrant developmental sex hormone exposure causes disorders of genital anatomy, attainment of secondary sexual characteristics and has long-term effects on metabolism, fertility and psychological functioning. Principles in the management of disorders of sex development (DSD) aim to improve physiological health and long-term outcome, as well as development of male or female sexual anatomy. Concerns raised by DSD patient advocacy groups about beneficence and autonomy with respect to prescribed hormone treatments an..

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