Currently, we offer gender-affirming services for patients under 18 and collaborate closely with your primary care pediatrician to ensure holistic care. For patients needing to establish comprehensive primary care as well as gender-affirming care, we will work with you to identify an appropriate primary care pediatrician. We will be moving toward providing primary pediatric care within the Gender Health Center in the future.
CHILDREN (AGES 5 AND UP)
We aim to provide care which centers the needs of your child, based on their emotional and developmental stage. We understand that each child is unique and our goal is to be respectful and thoughtful about your child's individual needs.
Prior to puberty, children who are transgender or gender non-conforming don't need medical intervention; like all kids, they need plenty of love and understanding. In this age range, our initial visits are really about getting to know your child and supporting them.
Medical interventions (and consideration of puberty blocking medication) may occur with the start of puberty.
We offer a safe environment where teens are welcomed and respected. While our program focus is gender, we remember that our real focus is you as a whole person and supporting you to live your happiest, healthiest life!
In your initial visits, we will spend time getting to know you, your goals and any concerns you may have. We also look forward to meeting and supporting your parents or guardians if you would like.
If your goals include gender-affirming medications (such as, puberty blockers, anti-androgens, testosterone or estrogen), we will address these possibilities in the first couple visits. Prior to starting these medications, our practice is to gain informed consent from you and any legal guardians. Currently, we also ask for a brief supporting letter from a therapist or counselor before initiating gender-affirming medications. Our mental/emotional health team can work with you to provide this letter and/or ongoing gender-affirming mental/emotional support.