Seattle Children’s offers a range of options to manage DSDs, plus support to help your family make decisions about your child’s care.
DSDs are lifelong conditions. In recommending treatment, we focus on:
- What is best for your child’s physical and emotional health
- Preserving the possibility for your child to have biological children, if possible
- Promoting their ability to have satisfying sexual relationships
- Honestly informing patients and families about the benefits and risks of treatment and the limits of our knowledge about long-term outcomes
The right treatment for your child depends on their condition. Options may include:
- Hormonal therapy.
- Nonsurgical treatment (such as vaginal dilatation to enlarge the vagina).
- Surgery to improve function of the urinary tract or genitals (surgical reconstruction). Some children need urgent care after birth to treat a condition that threatens their life or health. Other treatments can be safely delayed so a child has time to express their gender identity and be actively involved in choosing treatment options.
- Psychosocial support.
- Long-term follow-up as your child grows and develops.