ISSN: 1308-5727 | E-ISSN: 1308-5735
Volume: 14 Issue: 2 Year: 2022
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Menstrual Suppression in Gender Minority Youth [J Clin Res Pediatr Endocrinol]
J Clin Res Pediatr Endocrinol. Ahead of Print: JCRPE-05902 | DOI: 10.4274/jcrpe.galenos.2021.2020.0283

Menstrual Suppression in Gender Minority Youth

Sinem Akgül1, Zeynep Tüzün2, Melis Pehlivantürk Kızılkan3, Zeynep Alev Ozon4
1Hacettepe University, Ihsan Dogramaci Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics Division of Adolescent Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
2Hacettepe University, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine
3Hacettepe University, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine
4Hacettepe University, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology

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



Corresponding Author: Sinem Akgül, Türkiye
Manuscript Language: English
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