Endocrine Society

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Statement Summary

Founded in 1916, The Endocrine Society is the world's oldest, largest, and most active organization devoted to research on hormones and the clinical practice of endocrinology. They have published clinical guidelines, Endocrine Treatment of Gender-Dysphoric/Gender-Incongruent Persons: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline. The Guideline is co-sponsored by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, American Society of Andrology, European Society for Pediatric Endocrinology, European Society of Endocrinology, Pediatric Endocrine Society, and World Professional Association for Transgender Health.

The Endocrine Society has also taken the following positions:

  • There is a durable biological underpinning to gender identity that should be considered in policy determinations.
  • Medical intervention for transgender individuals (including both hormone therapy and medically indicated surgery) is effective, relatively safe (when appropriately monitored), and has been established as the standard of care. Federal and private insurers should cover such interventions as prescribed by a physician as well as the appropriate medical screenings that are recommended for all body tissues that a person may have.
  • Increased funding for national research programs is needed to close the gaps in knowledge regarding transgender medical care and should be made a priority.
Full Citation

Endocrine Society, Transgender Health: An Endocrine Society Position Statement (2017), https://www.endocrine.org/advocacy/priorities-and-positions/transgender-health.

Wylie C. Hembree et al., Endocrine Treatment of Gender-Dysphoric/Gender-Incongruent Persons: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, November 2017, 102(11):1–35, https://doi.org/10.1210/jc.2017-01658.