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Gender identity is your inner sense of being male, female, both, neither, or some other gender. When you are transgender, this feeling doesn't match the sex that you were assigned at birth.
The process for recognizing, accepting, and expressing your gender identity is called a transition. There are many options for transitioning, including medical and nonmedical options.
Medical options for transgender people in transition include:
Some transgender people in transition get surgery, some get hormone therapy, and some get a combination of both. These options may also include counseling.
Many transgender people transition without using hormones or surgery. Nonmedical options include:
Children form their gender identity early. Most children believe firmly by the age of 3 that they are either a girl or a boy. The feeling that they are different may start early in life. Many transgender adults remember feeling a difference between their bodies and what they felt inside at a young age. Others didn't feel this way until later in life.
Children and teens grow and develop quickly. Sometimes before and during puberty, they may feel more like one gender some of the time, and more like another gender at other times. That's why it's important to explore nonmedical or reversible options, such as allowing your child to live as their identity. They may want to wear the clothes of their gender identity, use a different name, or ask others to use a different pronoun.
You can also talk to your child's doctor about types of reversible hormone therapies that can help your transgender child to transition.
Many parents have a hard time accepting that their child is transgender. But it's important to remember that your child is still the same child you've always known and loved.
Current as ofAugust 15, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: August 15, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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