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People who do not have the capacity to consent cannot proceed

In gender-affirming care, ensuring informed consent is fundamental to respecting individuals’ autonomy, rights, and dignity.

However, individuals who cannot consent may face barriers to fully understanding the implications, risks, and benefits of hormone therapy. This can stem from various factors, including cognitive limitations, communication barriers, or compromised mental health. Without the ability to comprehend the potential consequences or provide meaningful consent, proceeding with hormone therapy can pose ethical dilemmas and risks to the individual’s wellbeing.

Please follow the links for further reading:

Informed Consent in Gender-Affirming Healthcare: Balancing Risks and Benefits

Informed Consent to Medical Treatment – Legal criteria under common jurisdictions

Updated on March 19, 2024

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