Question: What are the requirements for hormone replacement therapy?

The criteria for therapy include: (I) persistent well-documented gender dysphoria (a condition of feeling ones emotional and psychological identity as male or female to be opposite to ones biological sex) diagnosed by a mental health professional well versed in the field; (II) capacity to make a fully informed ...

Who is not a candidate for hormone replacement therapy?

You may not be a good candidate if: Your menopausal symptoms are mild, such as occasional hot flashes and night sweats. You are not at risk of osteoporosis. You have breast cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, liver disease, or a history of blood clots or stroke.

How do I get started with hormone therapy?

To start HRT, you will need 1 referral letter from a licensed mental health provider that addresses the WPATH Standards of Care guidelines. What are my next steps to start HRT? 1. Meet with your licensed mental health provider to obtain a referral letter and sign a Release of Information Form for them.

What is the minimum age for hormone therapy?

If used in an adolescent, hormone therapy typically begins at age 16. Ideally, treatment starts before the development of secondary sex characteristics so that teens can go through puberty as their identified gender. Many trans girls are treated with a medication to delay the start of puberty.

How long does it take for hormone therapy to start working?

How long does HRT take to work? It usually takes a few weeks before you will feel the initial benefits of HRT and up to three months to feel the full effects. It may also take your body time to get used to HRT. When treatment begins you may experience side effects such as breast tenderness, nausea and leg cramps.

Can a 14 year old start testosterone?

Doctors can prescribe estrogen or testosterone at gradually higher amounts to mimic the puberty of the female or male gender. The Endocrine Society recommends that kids start taking these hormones around age 16, but doctors will start them as early as 13 or 14.

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