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Youth Services

Adolescents: Puberty-suppressing hormones (e.g., GnRH analogues) for adolescents may be provided to individuals who have reached at least Tanner stage 2 of sexual development. The Endocrine Society supports puberty suppression and has developed criteria for a subset of individuals who fulfill and meet eligibility readiness for gender reassignment (Hembree, et al., 2009). WPATH clinical recommendations also support puberty suppression (WPATH, 2012) for a similar subset of individuals. Consistent with adult hormone therapy, treatment of adolescents involves a multidisciplinary team, however when treating an adolescent a pediatric endocrinologist should be included as a part of the team. Pre-pubertal hormone suppression differs from hormone therapy used in adults and may not be without consequence; some pharmaceutical agents may cause negative physical side effects (e.g., height, bone growth).