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Starting Hormone Therapy as a Young Individual: A Comprehensive Guide

Embarking on hormone therapy is a significant step in the journey of gender affirmation, especially for younger people. The process varies depending on whether you are already on puberty blockers or beginning your treatment journey from scratch. This guide outlines the steps for both scenarios to ensure a safe and informed transition.

Scenario 1: Already on Puberty Blockers

Review of Current Treatment:

If you’re already receiving puberty blockers, the first step is to assess the current impact and your overall wellbeing on this treatment.

Capacity to Consent Session:

Regardless of your current treatment status, understanding the implications of adding hormones to your regimen is crucial. Booking a session with a specialist through this link is mandatory to ensure informed consent.

Treatment Review Request:

Post-consent session, you’ll need to submit a Treatment Review request, allowing the team to make recommendations on your hormone therapy with the ongoing blocker treatment.

Monitoring and Support:

Even without blood tests, closely monitoring your health and the effectiveness of the combined treatment, will allow recommendations for adjustment as necessary to ensure optimal care.

Scenario 2: Starting Treatment from Scratch

Comprehensive Assessment:

A thorough evaluation will take into account your physical health, mental wellbeing, and readiness for hormone therapy. Apply here.

Capacity to Consent Session:

Similar to those already on blockers, you must understand the benefits and risks associated with hormone therapy, and booking a consent session here is mandatory.

Treatment Plan Development:

Based on the assessment, a personalised treatment recommendation will be formulated, starting with an appropriate hormone dosage tailored to your individual needs.

Common Steps for Both Scenarios:

  • Parental or Guardian Consent: For individuals under 16, consent from a parent or guardian may be required, in accordance with local regulations.
  • Professional Guidance: Continuous support from healthcare professionals ensures your treatment is safe, effective, and aligned with your transition goals.
  • Legal and Ethical Compliance: All treatments are provided in strict adherence to legal and ethical standards, respecting your autonomy and informed choices.

Starting or augmenting hormone therapy is a momentous phase in your transition journey. Whether you are building on puberty blockers or initiating hormone therapy, the process is designed to be safe, informed, and supportive. By following the outlined steps and engaging with healthcare professionals, you can navigate this journey with confidence and clarity.

Updated on January 30, 2024

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