Gender dysphoria in youths: A new clinical quandary for doctors

Australian Doctor explains


A looming Family Court ruling on gender affirming hormone treatment for adolescents has elevated the debate over how doctors treat transgender youth.


Kelvin was born female but has identified as a male since he was nine years old. At 13, he told his father. He then took the contraceptive pill to cease his periods. He swapped schools and, on his first day, arrived to class dressed as a boy.

Yet aged 16, he had to hire lawyers and go to court. He wanted his doctors to prescribe testosterone, the hormone treatment that would mark the