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Presenter(s): Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD

Date: February 22, 2019

Time: 6:40 am - 12:00 am

Room: 606

Conference: Gender Odyssey Seattle

Program: Family

Puberty Suppression: What, When & How?

Trans youth have begun presenting for medical care at increasingly younger ages over the past decade. Making the decision to suppress a gender-nonconforming child’s biological puberty with “blockers” is complicated, and there is little consensus among medical providers about when, how, and how long to do so. Presented by Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy, this workshop will cover the basics of puberty suppression, including what puberty blockers are; indications for their use; potential benefits and side effects; and key elements of decision-making around suppression of puberty. Dr. Olson-Kennedy will also review the current research data surrounding the impact of puberty suppression, including observations from her own research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.