Florida Department Of Health’s Guidelines For Treatment Of Gender Dysphoria For Children And Adolescents
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
(Please click on red links & note magenta)
For updated global info & data on COVID-19, please click HERE. For updated global data & graphs on COVID-19, please click HERE. For COVID-19 cases and death counts in USA by state, please click HERE. For COVID-19 cases in Florida via Florida COVID Action, please click HERE. For COVID-19 cases in Florida, via Florida state government, please click HERE.
In response to one of our readers regarding the question of treatment of gender dysphoria for teens, since Windermere Sun is not a health expert on this subject matter, we’d defer our opinion to the experts. Since this reader is from Florida, allow me to share the information and research presented/posted by/at Florida Department of Health web site, back in April of 2022, in italics, below:
Treatment of Gender Dysphoria for Children and Adolescents
April 20, 2022
The Florida Department of Health wants to clarify evidence recently cited on a fact sheet released by the US Department of Health and Human Services and provide guidance on treating gender dysphoria for children and adolescents.
Systematic reviews on hormonal treatment for young people show a trend of low-quality evidence, small sample sizes, and medium to high risk of bias. A paper published in the International Review of Psychiatry states that 80% of those seeking clinical care will lose their desire to identify with the nonbirth sex. One review concludes that “hormonal treatments for transgender adolescents can achieve their intended physical effects, but evidence regarding their psychosocial and cognitive impact is generally lacking.”
According to the Merck Manual, “gender dysphoria is characterized by a strong, persistent crossgender identification associated with anxiety, depression, irritability, and often a wish to live as a gender different from the one associated with the sex assigned at birth.”
Due to the lack of conclusive evidence, and the potential for long-term, irreversible effects, the Department’s guidelines are as follows:
- Social gender transition should not be a treatment option for children or adolescents.
- Anyone under 18 should not be prescribed puberty blockers or hormone therapy
- Gender reassignment surgery should not be a treatment option for children or adolescents.
- o Based on the currently available evidence, “encouraging mastectomy, ovariectomy, uterine extirpation, penile disablement, tracheal shave, the prescription of hormones which are out of line with the genetic make-up of the child, or puberty blockers, are all clinical practices which run an unacceptably high risk of doing harm.”
- Children and adolescents should be provided social support by peers and family and seek counseling from a licensed provider.
These guidelines do not apply to procedures or treatments for children or adolescents born with a genetically or biochemically verifiable disorder of sex development (DSD). These disorders include, but are not limited to, 46, XX DSD; 46, XY DSD; sex chromosome DSDs; XX or XY sex reversal; and ovotesticular disorder.
The Department’s guidelines are consistent with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services age requirement for surgical and non-surgical treatment. These guidelines are also in line with the guidance, reviews, and recommendations from Sweden, Finland, the United Kingdom, and France.
Parents are encouraged to reach out to their child’s health care provider for more information.
It is possible that different states may issue different guidelines, so please be sure to refer to your particular state health department for guidelines on the subject matter. It is a serious matter due to some irreversible procedures. So be sure to consult your health care providers as well as your family or support group(s) for further discussion.
The Florida Department of Health has issued guidance regarding gender-affirming care for transgender children and teens. The state health department says in light of what it says is a lack of “conclusive evidence, and the potential for long-term, irreversible effects” of hormonal treatments for transgender youth, it has issued the following guidance, in the video published on April 20, 2022, “Florida Department of Health issues gender-affirming guidance for children, teens“, below:
The Florida Department of Health has issued guidance regarding gender-affirming care for transgender children and teens, in the video published on April 20, 2022, “Florida pushes against federal guidance on gender-affirming treatment for children, teens“, below:
The Florida Department of Health released guidance Wednesday regarding gender-affirming care for children, in the video published on April 20, 2022, “Florida Department of Health issues guidance on gender-affirming care for children“, below:
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker More about the community at www.WindermereSun.com
~Let’s Help One Another~
Please also get into the habit of checking at these sites below for more on solar energy topics: