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How Doctors Are Working to Make Puberty Less Distressing for Trans Kids

How Doctors Are Working to Make Puberty Less Distressing for Trans Kids

Tai Jordan is one of approximately 700,000 people in the U.S. who identify as transgender. Thanks to greater awareness and acceptance, transitioning is now an option at an increasingly younger age. Jordan connected with Dr. David Breland, a physician of pediatric and adolescent medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital and director of its new Gender Clinic. Soon after meeting with Breland, Jordan began testosterone therapy to develop certain characteristics associated with a man. Breland specializes in working with transgender teens, and he has seen at least 200 young patients like Jordan. Seattle Children’s Hospital is the fifth to open a clinic dedicated to the complex needs of this young patient population. Breland and his colleagues will see children and adolescents ages 8 to 21, offering a high level of care that include specialists in endocrinology and behavioral medicine.

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