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Dr. Norman Spack, who is a pediatric endocrinologist, started a new clinic at Children's Hospital Boston, with the goal of delaying puberty in children so they can decide whether they want a male or a female body.
The clinic that Spack started is called the Gender Management Service Clinic, where kids as young as 10-12 for girls and 12-14 for boys, are given drugs to stop puberty from hitting.
In an interview done at Boston Globe, Spack is asked, "At what age do you give kids drugs to delay puberty?"
His answer was, "The puberty-blocking drugs work best at the beginning of the pubital process, typically age 10 to 12 for a girl and 12 to 14 for a boy. Stopping puberty is, in itself, a diagnostic test. If a girl starts to experience breast budding and feels like cutting herself, then she's probably transgendered. If she feels immediate relief on the [puberty-blocking] drugs, that confirms the diagnosis."
Originally posted by TheRedneck
We don't need more health care in the US, we need more psychiatric care for the health providers! Sheesh! I gotta have another cigarette...
Is it just me, or does ATS lead to increased smoking?
The Gender Management Service (GeMS) Clinic at Children's Hospital Boston is a new multidisciplinary clinic that treats the medical and psychosocial issues of infants, children, adolescents and young adults with disorders of sexual differentiation (DSDs).
We are also the first major program in the United States that not only treats disorders of sexual differentiation, but also works with transgendered children and young adults.
What are DSDs?
DSDs, or Disorders of Sexual Differentiation, refer to medical conditions where average sexual development does not occur. DSDs can include genitourinary or hormonal disorders, medical issues that may make it difficult to determine a child's sex or conditions that interfere with a patient's sexual and reproductive function.
What are some examples of DSDs?
Examples of DSDs include:
congenital adrenal hyperplasia
hypospadias and epispadias
vaginal agenesis and MRKH
Originally posted by xmotex
I can't side with the traditionalists here at all - the old way of dealing with kids like this left a lot of them permanently mentally damaged.
This is a much more sensible way of dealing with what is basically a medical problem, despite all the cultural baggage.
Originally posted by Finn1916
reply to post by Master_Wii
I am confused, how will stopping puberty for a while change if you are male or female? I had a penis when I was born. Therefore, I was born male. Same with females born with vaginas. I'm not trying to attack transgendered people, I'm just confused as to how halting puberty will suddenly change ones gender.
Originally posted by apc
Besides the obvious differences males and females are pretty much the same until puberty begins and hormones start telling the body how to develop.
Originally posted by apc
reply to post by centurion1211
Yes, anything goes. That's called "freedom." It's not your life.