Case Report

Menstrual Suppression in Gender Minority Youth

10.4274/jcrpe.galenos.2021.2020.0283

  • Sinem Akgül
  • Zeynep Tüzün
  • Melis Pehlivantürk Kızılkan
  • Zeynep Alev Ozon

Received Date: 30.11.2020 Accepted Date: 19.05.2021 J Clin Res Pediatr Endocrinol 0;0(0):0-0 [e-Pub] PMID: 34044500

The purpose of this case series was to evaluate menstrual suppression in sex assigned at birth female adolescents identifying as male or gender non-conforming. A retrospective chart review of 4 gender minority youth (GMY), age 14–17, was performed for gender identity history, type and success of menstrual suppression, method satisfaction, side effects and improvement in menstrual distress. Menstrual suppression was successful in 3 patients, one patient discontinued use due to side effects that caused an increase in gender dysphoria. Menstrual distress and bleeding pattern improved in the majority of GMY in this series but side effects, as well as contraindications, may limit their use. In conclusion, menstrual dysphoria can be life-threatening for GMY and it is important that clinicians consider menstrual suppression in GMY with menstrual dysphoria. This series emphasizes the importance of individualized treatment plans.

Keywords: Gender minority youth, menstrual suppression