Fast Facts About Gender Dysphoria and How It Affects Children

by | Nov 24, 2021 | Transgender Surgeons

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You may have heard the term gender dysphoria before, but are not really sure what the term fully entails. Here are some facts that you probably did not know about gender dysphoria in children

Happens At Any Age

There is no defined age where children start to feel gender dysphoric. Some onset signs of pediatric dysphoria include rejecting stereotypical gender roles that are generally accepted in society. Also, a tendency of only feeling comfortable when presenting as the gender the child is identifying with. Gender dysphoria does not only present itself in young children, but also in teenagers and, of course, in adults.

Possible Treatments

Its responsibility of the parents to learn about possible treatment options for gender dysphoria in children. These may include surgeries with the goal of gender confirmation in mind or hormone therapy to help bring levels that are more suitable for the identified gender.

Surgery Is Not Required

While there is a misconception that surgery is required to fully complete a gender dysphoria treatment. Actual physical medical reassignment is an incredibly personal choice and not one to be taken lightly. It should never be pushed on anyone, especially a child.

Not a Mental Disorder

While at one time dysphoria was considered a mental illness, it is no longer considered as such by the medical community. However, there are various mental illnesses that people who have dysphoria DO suffer from, such as depression and extreme anxiety.

Contact International Center for Transgender Care for more information & treatment of children and adolescents with gender dysphoria.

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